Ligue 1 LIVE Broadcast – Messi’s PSG Debut: Gerard Pique’s Kosmos Holding has been in the news after the Barcelona star’s firm purchased broadcasting rights of Ligue 1 in Spain. ESPN has confirmed that Kosmos Holding struck a three-year deal for the rights after Lionel Messi’s move to France.
Lionel Messi could make his debut for PSG against Reims as PSG takes an away trip for their upcoming domestic league clash. With Lionel Messi set to don a non-Barcelona or Argentina jersey for the first time, companies have been looking at ways to get the license to telecast/ stream the mega event.
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Ligue 1 LIVE Broadcast: Gerard Pique buys Ligue 1 broadcast rights ahead of Lionel Messi’s debut game for PSG
Ligue 1 LIVE Broadcast – Messi’s PSG Debut: Messi’s potential debut will be streamed on Twitch this Sunday. Spanish streamer Ibai Llanos is set to broadcast PSG’s match on the streaming service for free. Apart from him, Telecinco ( Spanish television channel) has also been rumored to have acquired the rights to broadcast the PSG game on their platform this week.
Earlier, the Ligue 1 streaming rights in Spain were held by “Movistar” The previous deal was reported to be worth “less than €2.5 million” every year. The company missed out on renewing the contract before Lionel Messi moved left Barcelona and is now set to feature in French football.
Kosmos Holding has bought the rights to broadcast Ligue 1 matches in Spain while collaborating with Enjoy TV. They are said to be planning on sub-licensing the rights to any potential suitors which would include either an OTT Platform or any television channel.
Ligue 1 LIVE Broadcast – Messi’s PSG Debut: This is also not the first time that Gerard Pique’s company has purchased broadcasting rights of a match/ tournament involving Lionel Messi. Kosmos had also bought the rights to broadcast the Copa America final in 2021 which saw Argentina take on Brazil. The final between the two South American heavyweights saw Lionel Messi win his first trophy with Argentina this summer.
Through Kosmos, Gerard Pique has aimed at revamping the coverage of the Davis Cup over the last few years. The company is also reported to hold the rights to broadcast Italy’s Serie B in various countries including Spain. Apart from the production company, the FC Barcelona star is also the owner of a football club named Andorra.
Ligue 1 LIVE Broadcast – Messi’s PSG Debut: Kosmos had also placed a bid to own a 49% of Barca Corporate. However, their bid failed as Pique’s company was ruled out of out from taking a stake in the business with the Spaniard still a player in the league.