Italian Antitrust Authority kicks out Sky Italia Champions League complaint

Editor | 11-05-2013

Rather well timed, given the awaited all-German final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund only weeks away, Sky Italia has got a right result of its own regarding its rights to show the Champions League.

Agcm, the Italian Antitrust Authority, has just ruled that there is no evidence that the DTH pay-TV company’s acquisition of the highly lucrative Champions League TV rights for the 2012-2015 season, and also FIFA football World Cup TV rights for 2010-2014, covering the tournaments in South Africa and Brazil, represented an abuse of a dominant position. The action had been initiated by Italian pay-TV arch rival Mediaset.
Agcm 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-licensed to Mediaset the rights for two out of the three Champions Leagues, covering the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 seasons.
With regard to the World Cup, Agcm added that the view of the main matches was guaranteed on free-to-air channels by an EU directive. And in what may be an olive branch to the two parties Agm proposed that there may be no reason to exclude the possibility that the two operators reach an agreement to sub-license the rights to broadcast also in relation to the third season.