Rugby TV rights an upcoming scrum between Canal+ and beIN Sport?
Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 24-08-2013

Will the tactical game that the French rugby league (LNR) might play in the coming weeks lead to a new scrum between Canal+ and beIN Sport over the top 14 TV rights?
Sport and media experts think LNR is about to dissolve its current contract with pay-TV channel Canal+ and launch a new call for bids, as it has the option to do so between September and December.
Signed in 2011 and running until 2016, the current contract isn't satisfactory to the presidents of several clubs or the LNR president Paul Goze.
Though mainly concentrating on football, Al-Jazeera's sport network beIN Sport wouldn't be averse to showing rugby and may therefore force Canal+ to financially outbid the channel in order to remain in the race.
In 2011, the French channel had obtained the exclusive rights, including mobile and VOD, for 31.7 million a year.