The Italian Competition Authority opens proceedings for breach of Art. 82 EC alleging that purchasing of broadcasting rights for the football games may constitute an abuse (Reti Televisiva Italiana / Diritti calcistici)

Reti Televisive Italiane S.p.A. (hereinafter, “RTI”) owns the licence for the broadcasting of three national-wide television channels, Canale 5, Italia 1 and Rete 4. RTI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mediaset S.p.A. The latter is a subsidiary of the holding Fininvest S.p.A. During summer 2004 RTI negotiated and concluded with eleven football teams, among which some of the most popular ones, a licence for the broadcasting of their home games (hereinafter, “the licence agreements”) for seasons 2004-2005, 2005-2006 and 2006-2007. By virtue of a separate agreement concluded with nine of the teams, RTI was granted priority in the negotiations of contracts from season 2007-2008 onwards. Along with the licence agreements and the priority agreements, the teams granted a series of ancillary

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Pablo Ibáñez Colomo, The Italian Competition Authority opens proceedings for breach of Art. 82 EC alleging that purchasing of broadcasting rights for the football games may constitute an abuse (Reti Televisiva Italiana / Diritti calcistici), 22 mars 2005, e-Competitions March 2005, Art. N° 195

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