Serie A asks TV rights holders to make final payment for this season
MILAN – Italy's top flight soccer league Serie A said on Tuesday that broadcast rights holders must pay the final instalment for the current season, which has been halted due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Italian Serie A was suspended on March 9 and the Italian government will decide on Thursday whether it will give its permission for the championship to restart, playing matches without spectators.
Italy's top pay-TV operator SKY, sports streaming service DAZN and global sports agency IMG have not paid the final instalment for the 2019/2020 season, totalling around €220 million ($242 million), sources previously said.
"Lega Serie A's executive committee confirms ... that contractual conditions need to be respected," the league said in a statement released on Tuesday.
The instalment is part of a €1.3 billion annual fee which rights holders pour into Serie A's club coffers to screen matches under a three-year agreement expiring next season.