ROME – Italy’s top professional football league, Serie A, on Wednesday filed an injunction against broadcaster Sky-Italian over broadcast rights for the remainder of the season.

The Serie A season was halted after the games of March 9 as part of Italy’s national coronavirus lockdown. Serie A said Sky-Italia still owes it 233 million euros ($256 million) for broadcast rights. According to Italian media, the broadcaster reportedly asked for a discount of 15 to 18 percent on that amount.

If successful, the injunction filed in Milan Wednesday would force Sky-Italia to pay the full amount or it could allow Serie A to seek another broadcaster for the remaining 114 games left on the schedule.

It is still uncertain when or perhaps even if those games will be played. The 20 teams in Serie A voted this month to restart the season on June 13, pending a government ruling on social distancing and health protocols. A decision on that is due this week.

Minister of Sport Vincenzo Spadafora said earlier this week that, if the Serie A season can be completed, the remainder of the season should be broadcast in Italy for free given that stadium attendance would either be barred or severely limited. That would also reduce incentives for fans to gather to watch games in crowded sports bars, where coronavirus social distancing rules would be difficult to enforce.

Sky-Italia has broadcast at least part of the Serie A season dating back 17 years using a pay-per-view model.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

What happens next for Project Restart if footballers refuse to play?

When N’Golo Kante said that he didn’t yet feel comfortable returning to training, there was complete understanding at Chelsea. The French midfielder’s older brother Niama died of a heart attack in 2018 and his father passed when Kante was just…

Cricket season delayed until at least 28 May due to coronavirus

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has agreed that no professional cricket will be played in England and Wales until at least 28 May due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following days of talk between county executives, the Professional Cricketers Association…

Football fans for Trump? Banner bemoaning ‘dirty tricks’ in US presidential election flown before Everton v Man Utd clash

With former Vice President Joe Biden holding a commanding electoral college lead over the incumbent President Trump, the world has been left wait on the official results of Tuesday’s presidential election – but some people don’t seem to be keen…

‘Driving dangerously’: NFL star Ed Oliver arrested for drunk driving while unlawfully carrying a weapon

Oliver was arrested late on Saturday in Maryland and booked in the Montgomery County Jail for the two charges, both of which are misdemeanors. According to the Montgomery County Police report, a member of the public reported that a white…