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SBD Global/April 19, 2013/International Football

Watchdog's Proposals Threaten Revenue For Italy's Top Football Clubs

Italy’s top six football clubs "are faced with the threat of a reduction in their income from media rights" after the country’s competition watchdog called on the government "to alter the current revenue distribution model in the domestic game," according to SOCCEREX. The watchdog "has taken issue" with the provision within Serie A regulations "that allocates a percentage of broadcast revenues based on clubs’ sporting performance and the size of their supporter base" since '46-47, when the modern league system was founded. The Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato is "instead seeking to introduce a system that would reward clubs for more recent success, rather than historic results." In November, clubs "reached an agreement on the division of media rights revenue for the period" spanning the '12-13 to '14-15 seasons, with Serie A President Maurizio Beretta hailing the deal as “extraordinarily important” to the Italian game. The watchdog’s proposals "would impact mainly on Italy’s big city clubs and those with the most Serie A titles" since '46-47, including Juventus, AC Milan, Internazionale, AS Roma, SS Lazio and Napoli (SOCCEREX, 4/18).
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