FILE - Italy's Lega Serie A headquarters in Milan. Photo: Flavio Lo Scalzo/Reuters
FILE - Italy's Lega Serie A headquarters in Milan. Photo: Flavio Lo Scalzo/Reuters

Serie A asks TV rights holders to make final payment for this season

By Reuters Time of article published May 26, 2020

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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.

Reuters

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