The Italian Supreme Administrative Court upholds the Competition Authority’s judgment ruling that the allocation of broadcasting rights is not the result of an anticompetitive agreement between companies in the pay-TV sector (League/ Infront / Sky / Mediaset)

On 28 December 2020, the Italian Supreme Administrative Court (Consiglio di Stato – "CDS") issued a judgment marking the last act in the national judicial dispute related to the assignment of the Lega Serie A (i.e. the main national professional league in Italy – "the League") broadcasting rights for the soccer seasons 2015 to 2018. Background – Awarding of football broadcasting rights in Italy The allocation of broadcasting rights in Italy is conducted according to Articles 8 and 9 of Legislative Decree n. 9/2008, aimed at imposing specific competitive bid procedures to allocate sport events audio-visual rights. Such procedures have to be organised

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Federico Marini Balestra, Lucia Antonazzi, The Italian Supreme Administrative Court upholds the Competition Authority’s judgment ruling that the allocation of broadcasting rights is not the result of an anticompetitive agreement between companies in the pay-TV sector (League/ Infront / Sky / Mediaset), 28 December 2020, e-Competitions December 2020, Art. N° 98867

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