The Italian Milan Court of Appeal issues an injunctive relief against the national football league 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 (Law n. 106/2007 and Legislative Decree n. 9/2008) 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 to broadcast 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

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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, The Italian Milan Court of Appeal issues an injunctive relief against the national football league for illegitimate award procedures of TV rights for live broadcasts of soccer matches (Conto TV/Lega Calcio), 4 November 2009, e-Competitions Bulletin Sport, Art. N° 30189

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