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Amazon Pushes More Into Top-Tier Sports With French Soccer

  • Local pay-TV giant Canal+ said it won’t show league matches
  • Amazon is seeking sports rights to boost Prime Video
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Amazon.com Inc. secured broadcast rights to most of France’s biggest soccer competition, prompting local pay-TV giant Canal+ to walk away from the league.

France’s LFP soccer body awarded more than 300 top-flight Ligue 1 games to Amazon and 76 to Canal+ on Friday after the previous rights holder, Spain’s Mediapro, ended its contract early.