Paris – An appeal was made on the issue of TV rights of the championship of France Rugby (Top 14) that had been put into play by the Court of Appeal of Paris in early October, was he on Wednesday with the Competition Authority.
According to BFM Business, the current championship rugby broadcaster, Canal + is the origin of this appeal against the judgment of the Court of Appeal of Paris. On October 9, the court had indeed confirmed the suspension of the contract between Canal + and the National Rugby League (NRL), thus following a decision by the Competition Authority.
Canal + or NRL had one month after receipt of the judgment to lodge an appeal.
Both parties had reached in January 2014 a historic agreement 355 million over five seasons for the exclusive broadcast between 2014 and 2019 Top 14.
But Al Jazeera Sport, Canal + competitor in the market for sports rights in the wake seized the Competition Authority that gave him satisfaction in finding that the contract was “capable of being characterized as anti-competitive agreement.”
The Authority had asked that the NRL makes new call for tenders, joined in this respect by the Paris Court of Appeal which dismissed the appeal of Canal + and the NRL early October.
The Court of Appeal of Paris has requested that the new procedure of competition take place before March 31, 2015 and is “transparent, non-discriminatory and for a period that is not disproportionate.”
This appeal therefore raise the legal battle in a crucial for the economy of French professional rugby folder.