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Amazon Snaps Up French Soccer Rights, Prompting Canal Plus Pull Out in Protest

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Nick Vivarelli International CorrespondentAmazon has snapped up the bulk of French soccer rights for the league’s two top divisions for 2021-24, prompting pandemonium with French pay TV group Canal Plus backing out of its deal for a smaller package of League 1 matches in protest.Canal Plus backing out is a big deal because the paybox is believed to have accounted for an estimated €330 million ($400 million), according to French media reports, or roughly half what the league ended up making in.

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