The Italian Regional Administrative Court of Lazio annuls antitrust fines in football TV rights case

1. Introduction [1] The Regional Administrative Court of Latium upheld the appeals of major tv operators in the pay-tv market, Italian football League and its advisor and annulled the decision of the Italian Competition Authority for an alleged violation of Art. 101 TFEU, consisting in entering into a bid-rigging agreement concerning the award of the Italian Premier League “Serie A” broadcasting rights for the years 2015-2018 and altering the outcome of the tenders, following the presentation of their bids. This is a topical case because it has to do with the digital pay-tv market and the television platforms and, more generally, with communication platforms and a procedure for awarding the football broadcasting rights organized on a platform-based criterion. 2. The legal framework

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Rosa Perna, The Italian Regional Administrative Court of Lazio annuls antitrust fines in football TV rights case, 23 December 2016, e-Competitions Bulletin December 2016, Art. N° 84915

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