REVEALED: Cancellation of the Ligue 1 campaign will see France’s top flight lose just €200m at most, with TV rights not nearly as lucrative across the channel – where relegated Huddersfield earned twice as much as Paris Saint-Germain
- Ligue 1 was effectively axed on Tuesday following a government announcement
- The French top flight is set to miss out on £175m-worth of revenue as a result
- Clubs will not be hit as hard in the pocket as Premier League teams would be
Ligue 1 will miss out on £175m at most following the announcement that the 2019-20 season will not be completed.
The French prime minister Edouard Philippe annouced on Tuesday afternoon that no sportin events will be allowed to take place until September, effectively shelving the rest of the season in France.
The decision leaves the top flight bracing themselves for loss of funds through TV revenue, however the losses will not be as keenly felt as they would be in Europe’s other top divisions.
Ligue 1 is set to lose £175m for the cancellation of their season after a government address
Prime minister Edouard Philippe told the National Assembly about a planned lockdown exit
According to an article in Italian paper Calcio e Finanza last month, Ligue 1 were set to miss out on between £90m and £175m (€100m and €200m) in the event of the season coming to an abrupt end.
That is an easier loss to swallow than what the Premier League would be set to lose out on, according to the same report, which claims England’s top flight would be set to miss out on £750m (€860m).
Clubs, too, will have to do without some of the TV money they would have been entitled to.
Paris Saint-Germain earned just half of what relegated Huddersfield did from television rights
BeIN Sports had already frozen payments to France’s top flight after the suspension announcement, but clubs would not be missing out on the astronomical amounts that clubs in England do.
Champions Paris Saint-Germain earned just £49.7m in TV rights for the 2018-19 season.
In comparison, relegated Huddersfield, who finished bottom of the Premier League, received almost double that amount, raking in £96.6m