An Italian Court of Appeal annuls its precedent injunctive relief against the soccer association for illegitimate award procedures of TV rights for live broadcasts of soccer matches (Conto TV/Lega Calcio)

Introduction CONTO TV S.r.l. (CONTO TV) is a small broadcasting company operating satellite TV in Italy. LEGA CALCIO is the Italian Soccer Association, entrusted by the Italian law [1] with the task of selling soccer matches audio-television rights of its associates, Serie A and B clubs. On July 3, 2009, LEGA CALCIO published a call for tenders to award different packages of TV rights for the Serie A seasons 2010/2011 and 2011/2012. One of these packages, named “Platinum Live”, provided the highest bidder with the possibility of broadcasting live all Serie A matches on the satellite platform for the two above mentioned seasons. On July 29, 2009, SKY ITALIA S.r.l. (SKY ITALIA), the dominant player on the Italian Pay-tv market, turned out to be the highest bidder for this package. As a

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  • Italian Competition Authority (Roma)
  • University Luiss Guido Carli - GRIF (Rome)
  • University Luiss Guido Carli - GRIF (Rome)

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Paolo Caprile, Alessandro Marra, Cesare Pozzi, An Italian Court of Appeal annuls its precedent injunctive relief against the soccer association for illegitimate award procedures of TV rights for live broadcasts of soccer matches (Conto TV/Lega Calcio), 26 February 2010, e-Competitions Bulletin Sport, Art. N° 31017

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