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Fresh delay for decision on Mediapro’s Serie A offer

Lega Serie A, the organising body of the top division of Italian club football, has reportedly decided to again delay a decision on the Mediapro agency’s €1.3bn ($1.45bn) bid for media, production and distribution rights to Serie A.

Mediapro’s offer had been listed as an item on the agenda of today’s (Monday’s) Lega assembly meeting, but the Calcio e Finanza website said further information on the proposal has been requested from the agency.

Mediapro has reportedly been called upon to clarify a variety of issues, including the guarantees provided through its offer and the subject of advertising on the proposed new Lega channel.

No new date has been set for a possible decision in what is the latest delay in the process. Mediapro submitted its offer in July which, if successful, would see it acquire the rights for Serie A football for the three-season cycle between 2021-22 and 2023-24.

The deal would allow Mediapro to create an in-house channel for the league and is also thought to include €55m per season for copyright issues and €78m per season for production costs.

Pay-television broadcaster Sky Italia and OTT service DAZN currently hold the domestic rights to Serie A, having agreed to pay €973m per season between them for the 2018-19 to 2020-21 cycle.