Series A TV rights holders freeze pay amid virus uncertainty: Sources

MILAN: Companies with the highest category transmission rights in Italy A series The soccer championship, including Comcast's SKY unit, has not paid for the last installment of the 2019/2020 season, which has been halted due to coronavirus outbreak, three sources familiar with the matter said.

A series was suspended on March 9 and the league and the Italian football Federation (FIGC) wants the season to be completed, playing matches without spectators.

The Italian government has not yet decided whether to give its permission for the league to do so, although it lifted the ban on individual training last week.

Italy's main pay-TV operator SKY, digital sports firm DAZN and global sports agency IMG did not pay for the latest installment in 2019/2020, totaling approximately 220 million euros ($ 238 million), the three sources said. .

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A series 's clubs were expecting to receive the payment by the end of this week, one of the sources said.

The installment is part of a 1.3 billion euro annual fee which right holders pour into A series 's club coffers to screen matches under a three-year agreement expiring next season.

Sources previously said rights holders had each presented A series with separate proposals for postponing or reducing the amount of payments due to clubs, in the light of the suspension of matches, but such proposals were rebuffed by the clubs.

An extraordinary meeting of A series club representatives is expected to discuss the issue on Wednesday.