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The Mediapro agency’s offer for the domestic media rights to Serie A for the next two cycles, covering the six seasons from 2021-22 to 2026-27, is a plan B for the league in case it is unable to sell its rights in a competitive tender. The offer is the same as that made by the Spanish production house for the current cycle – an offer accepted by the clubs last year but later rejected.  

The Italian competition authority’s investigation into the sale of rights for Serie A is ostensibly a disaster for MP & Silva and B4 and a let-off for IMG. But MP & Silva and B4 are no longer active and IMG could yet face a major problem. The agency could be hit with a substantial damages claim by the league for lost earnings.

The IMG agency has initiated a damages claim against the Italian football league, Lega Serie A, for €50m ($57m).

ESPN has paid a premium to secure Serie A and Ligue 1 rights in Latin America and the Caribbean, boosting its European football portfolio after missing out on the English Premier League

The expected collapse of Eleven Sports’ UK business has pushed IMG back to square one in its bid to stir up competition in the country and ruined the best-laid plans of multiple mixed martial arts promotions.

The IMG agency has sold a package of Spain’s LaLiga and Italy’s Serie A rights to Norwegian commercial and pay-television broadcaster TV2, further increasing its income from the Nordic region.

The IMG agency has sold rights to Spain’s LaLiga, Italy’s Serie A and US Major League Soccer to media group Bonnier in Sweden, in a move that will end the operation of its OTT platform Strive in the cou…

Lega Serie A, the organising body of the top division of Italian club football, has set a fresh deadline of September 30 to seal an agreement with Spanish agency Mediapro over its offer for domestic rights…

Serie A football clubs Torino and Fiorentina are seeking financial damages from IMG and other unnamed parties, the agency has confirmed in a filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

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DAZN will pay $30m per year for the Copa Sudamericana in Brazil Streaming service to pay about $10m per season for Serie A; $5m per season for Ligue 1

Eleven Sports’ decision to break one of the golden rules of UK sports broadcasting – the ‘3pm blackout’ – has created a legal quandary that could result in it being scrapped altogether. Eleve

Interview with Andrea Radrizzani, owner of Eleven Sports, on the reasons behind the broadcaster's decision to break the UK's '3pm' blackout rule

• IMG has secured big increases in most major markets for Serie A but is still likely to lose money • Agency was given discount for favouring visibility over price in US in ESPN / beIN face-off • O

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV is in discussions to renew rights to three of its most important football properties: the Uefa Champions League, Germany’s Bundesliga and Italy’s Serie A.
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ESPN's deal with IMG for rights to Serie A and the FA Cup has shown how US sports broadcasters are desperate not to be left without premium European football on their platforms.