Paris Saint-Germain are set to be confirmed as Ligue 1 champions after a decision was made to end the season prematurely because of COVID-19.
According to the Daily Mail, the league will be decided on a point-per-game basis, and with PSG 12 points clear the Ligue 1 giants are bound to be crowned champions (hopefully with a giant big asterisk beside their name).
Still, it’s far from positive news because broadcasters BeIN Sport and Canal+ are reportedly refusing payments of €243m due to the premature end of the campaign, as per GFFN on Twitter.
Breaking | BeIN Sports & Canal + to refuse to make TV rights payments to the LFP following to definitive end of the 2019/20 season, meaning the league will miss out on €243m. More follows. (L'Éq/LP)
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) April 30, 2020
This outlines what other leagues can expect if more campaigns are concluded early — but how would that impact Manchester United?
It may work in United’s favour so long as Man City’s Champions League ban is upheld.
The Daily Mail report on Ligue 1’s big decision doesn’t outline what it will means for the current Europa League and Champions League campaigns. If completed United could increase their chances of qualifying for Europe’s most prestigious competition by winning the Europa outright.
The Premier League would be in for a much bigger loss in terms of TV revenue, with BT Sport and Sky Sports hardly going to pay almost £1b for games they were promised that will be cancelled as a result.
Check out the figures below via Maxi Angelo (Calcio e Finanza) on Twitter:
Italian financial paper, Calcio e Finanza, reported in March how much leagues would lose from a cancelled season:
-Premier League = €860m
-La Liga = €500-600m
-Serie A = €350-450m
-Bundesliga = €300-400m
-Ligue 1 = €100-200m
Remember these figures before making conclusions.
— Maxi (@MaaxiAngelo) April 28, 2020
It’s at a stage now that I wouldn’t be surprised if the Premier League was forced into making the same decision as Ligue 1.
As much as everyone wants football to return, it’s just not safe at the moment.
Meanwhile, former United right-back Gary Neville took to Twitter to discuss plans about the Premier League returning on June 8. This, of course, is a plan ‘no-one wants to put their name against.’
June 8th for the @premierleague return! This is being briefed anonymously. No-one wants to put their name against this one!
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) April 30, 2020
Mirror Sport reporter John Cross stated it was openly discussed by all Premier League clubs, describing it as ‘the best case scenario’.
It was on our back page. It came out of that meeting. It was the best case scenario
— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) April 30, 2020
But Crossy, as you can see above, ultimately fails to answer Neville’s question as he doesn’t single out who is behind the plan.
What do you think about a potential Premier League return on June 8? Very optimistic in my opinion.