Canal+ win Top 14 rights

Date published: January 21 2015

Canal+ have won the rights to screen the Top 14 for the next four seasons after winning the second round of bidding.

The French subscription channel had initially been awarded the rights in January 2014, before the competitions authority decided to reopen the bidding in July.

The new deal is worth €74 million per year, a €3 million increase although the previous deal was for five seasons.

The decision means that BeIN Sports, who had complained about the initial agreement, miss out once more.

The Qatari-backed channel currently shows the European Champions Cup, as well as lots of other French sporting events.

In a week of good news for Canal+, they have also secured the rights to 27 World Cup matches later this year from terrestrial channel TF1.