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Soccer-Serie A postpones vote over Sky's bid for minor TV rights package

Wed 5th May, 2021 8:10pm
MILAN, May 5 (Reuters) - Serie A clubs agreed on Wednesday
to postpone until next week a vote on pay TV operator Sky's bid
for screening three out of 10 games on a non-exclusive basis,
Italian soccer's top league said in a statement.
   The postponement comes after Sky, owned by U.S. group
Comcast, requested a judge to block the sale of Serie A's main
domestic rights package to sport streaming service DAZN, saying
the process was not compliant with Italian laws aimed at
protecting competition.*:nL8N2MF3G4
    A decision on the case is expected in a few days, a legal
source familiar with the matter said after a closed door hearing
on Wednesday.
    In March, Serie A awarded DAZN the rights to screen all
Serie A matches for 2.5 billion euros in the 2021-24 period in
Italy, including exclusive rights for seven out of 10 games per
    Sky's proposal was broadly in line with a previous offer
which was rejected by Serie A, worth some 263 million euros, two
sources with knowledge of the matter said.*:nL8N2LR5DD
    Under the current three-year agreement, expiring in June,
Serie A raised about 2.9 billion euros from Sky and DAZN, with
Sky holding the lion's share of the rights.

 (Reporting by Elvira Pollina, editing by Ed Osmond)
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