Lasting issues limit television coverage in the French League

2024-04-20T16:59:19+00:00 2024-04-20T16:59:19+00:00.

Giannis Askounis

20/Apr/24 16:59

Seeking a solution, LNB confirms television coverage of only one Betclic Elite game over the weekend

By Johnny Askounis/

Television coverage of Round 30 of the Regular Season of France’s Betclic Elite has been limited to one game.

LNB announced forced adjustments to the broadcast schedule on Saturday, ahead of nine contests to be played across France over the weekend. “We regret this situation. Discussions are underway to find a solution and allow all basketball fans to follow Betclic Elite,” noted the league’s governing body.

The lasting issues surrounded by persistent financial struggles of streaming platform SKWEEK pillar the growing lack of television coverage.

Before tipping off the 2023-24 campaign, SKWEEK, a streaming platform created by FEDCOM Media in 2022, was announced as the official basketball broadcaster in France until 2030. Besides covering domestic leagues, the agreement included broadcast rights of continental leagues in the country.

Despite confirmed delays in payments to partners, officials of FEDCOM Media, including CBO Jose Luis Roda-Medina and CEO Oleg Petrov sharing their business plan with Eurohoops, have countered current uncertainty with a fructiferous vision for the further expansion of SKWEEK.

“I don’t know if we are the “golden goose” or “Santa Claus”, but we have a business plan and big ambitions for basketball not only in France but also in Europe because we see a huge potential,” described Petrov.

FEDCOM Media, practically a branch of FEDCOM which has direct connections to the two Betclic Elite participants in the 2023-24 installment of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, owning AS Monaco and becoming a sponsor to LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne.

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