From a good source, the Pro League and Eleven Sports have finally signed the TV rights contract for the next five years, worth around 500 million euros. These famous rights had been granted to Eleven Sports on February 12, but La Gantoise and Antwerp then did not agree with the deal, which could not therefore have been concluded, in a global manner, that the March 18, with a somewhat modified distribution key. Since then, the coronavirus crisis and the uncertainty about the formula for the next championship, given the many appeals filed, had complicated the deal. But the final details are finally settled and the agreement laid down on paper.
16, 18 or 20 teams?
Concretely, for the loss of 66 games (1A + 1B) following the format change (playoffs 1 to four for the title and a second group of four for the last European ticket, and more playoffs 2), the Pro League and Eleven Sports have reached an agreement on commercial compensation. However, the overall amount paid by Eleven remains unchanged.
And the agreement is locked, regardless of the formula finally decided at the GA on July 2 (D1A with 16 or 18 teams, or even 20, depending on court decisions). It should also be noted that if ever the 30th day of the current season ends up being played, on July 29, it will be covered by the previous rights holders, VOO, Proximus and Telenet, and not by Eleven Sports.
The contract now signed between the Pro League and Eleven also provides for the possibility of organizing a BeNeLeague in the coming years. A particularly hypothetical revolution…
La Tribune and summaries on RTBF
In addition, agreements with operators (VOO, Proximus and Telenet, Orange) to broadcast Eleven Sports channels are still under negotiation, but some of them could, according to our sources, be concluded in the coming days. The summaries and La Tribune will still be on RTBF. As for the match schedules, they will be announced on July 8, at the same time as the calendar. But it is almost certain, in the case of a D1A championship with 16 teams, that we will play one match on Friday (8:30 p.m.), three on Saturday (4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.) and four on Sunday (2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. , 6.30 p.m., 8.30 p.m.). It would remain to cram one or two additional meeting (s), if the format of the competition changed…