Eurosport Announces French Open TV, Digital Rights Deal Until 2021
Eurosport announced it has started a new long-term partnership with the Fédération Française de Tennis for pan-European coverage of Roland Garros, the French Open. Brokered by MP&Silva, the new agreement covers live TV and digital rights until '21 in all Eurosport's European territories, (excluding France). The new deal grants Eurosport exclusive pay-TV rights across Europe and also comprises all rights in 13 key markets, in Italy and Spain in particular. The French Open will continue to be extensively covered on TV channels Eurosport and Eurosport 2, and will be available on PC, mobile, tablets and connected TV via Eurosport Player, Eurosport's online TV service (Eurosport). In Madrid, Patricia Cazón reported the French Open will not be broadcast on free-to-air TV in Spain. Although Eurosport will provide the pay-TV coverage in Spain, "curiously, Article 20 of 2010's Law 7 established that the semifinals and finals of the French Open are considered to be of general interest if a Spanish player is involved." Because of this, "these rounds could have to be broadcast on free-to-air TV throughout Spain" (AS, 11/26).