The programming of PSG-Lille in the Coupe de France shows where the interest in French football lies on the part of the public channels.
How much is French football worth? This is the 1 billion euro question that has been asked since the failure of Mediapro in France. The redistribution of Ligue 1 TV rights has shown the lack of interest of most channels for French football, which has given Canal + a boulevard. And if the unencrypted channels are well proposed to broadcast the shock OM-PSG in early February, for the rest, we hardly jostle.
The proof, even a very beautiful poster like PSG – Lille in the Coupe de France, that is to say a duel between the first two of the championship, becomes a puzzle for France Télévisions . We recall the situation: as PSG will play its Champions League quarter-final at the beginning of April, on the date scheduled for the knockout stages of the Coupe de France, the match against Lille had to be brought forward to March 17. And France 3 initially programmed it… at 2 pm, at a time far from ideal for the spectators, and even less for the actors, which led Christophe Galtier to push a rant.
PSG-Lille instead of Rex
Due to the Champions League, the 9 pm slot was blocked by UEFA. France 3 therefore had to choose which of its daytime or early evening programs it had to sacrifice. We therefore know that a PSG-Lille has less interest for the channel than 19/20 and Plus Belle la Vie , or than the traditional afternoon TV games ( Des Chiffres et Des Lettres, SLAM and Questions for a champion ). In the eyes of France 3, a PSG-Lille is therefore just more valuable than Rex , the hero police dog of the eponymous German soap opera, which will remain in the kennel next Wednesday, exceptionally.
This situation is reminiscent of the previous snub last summer, when the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue finals were relegated on Friday evening, so as not to touch Fort Boyard . But football is not the only one concerned. On Monday, the 2nd stage of Paris-Nice was a little late. It was then necessary to see the eagerness of Nicolas Geay to return the antenna, only a few moments after the finish of the race. The aficionados of Numbers and Letters almost waited …