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Football: France sells TV rights for $1.25 billion

Published on Apr 5, 2014 4:54 AM

PARIS (AFP) - France's top football league sold domestic television rights for 2016-20 for a record sum of nearly one billion dollars a year, officials said Friday.

The new deal saw Ligue 1 sold for 726 million euros (S$1.25 billion) a year and the second division for 22 million euros a year.

The Canal Plus cable television broadcaster made the biggest offer to secure the right to the first choice of the two best Ligue 1 matches each week.

The previous record for 2008-2012 sold for 668 million euros a year while this season and next the figure falls to 607 million euros.

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