Agencies facing Italian football rights probe

Italy’s antitrust watchdog, the AGCM, has launched an investigation into possible cartel activity by three agencies managing overseas rights to Italian club football competitions.

MP & Silva, IMG and B4 Capital are alleged to have attempted to alter the process of assigning broadcast rights sold overseas in order to split the profits.

The AGCM said in a statement that the probe concerns rights to Serie A, Serie B, the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana from 2009.

The investigation has stemmed from documentation handed over by Milan’s public prosecutor’s office with the AGCM and finance police officials conducting inspections at the offices of the agencies in question yesterday (Thursday).

The AGCM said it has set a deadline of October 31, 2018 to conclude the procedure.