Sky Italia innocent of soccer market abuse

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footballThe Italian Antitrust Authority (AGCM) has ruled that there is no evidence that Sky Italia’s acquisition of the UEFA Champions League TV rights (2012-2015) and FIFA World Cup TV rights (2010-2014) represents an abuse of dominant position.

The Authority underlined that the exclusive TV rights for the Champions League were assigned through a competitive process and also that, subsequently to the inquiry, Sky Italia sub-licenced to Mediaset the rights for two out of the three Champions Leagues (2012-2013 and 2013-2014).

Regarding the World Cup, the Authority said that the view of the main matches was guaranteed on free-to-air channels by an EU directive.

The ruling followed a procedure initiated at Mediaset’s request in November 2010.


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