Serie A launches domestic rights tender

Lega Serie A has launched an invitation to tender for the domestic rights to the top division of Italian football for three seasons, from 2015-16 to 2017-18.

Five packages have been put on the market, and bids must be in by midday on June 5.

Package A comprises satellite-television rights plus internet and mobile rights for the home and away games of eight teams – totalling 248 matches per season – while package B includes the DTT, internet and mobile rights to the same games. Both packages have a reserve price of €274m ($375m) per year.

Package C comprises extra material, which can be added to upgrade packages A or B, such as access to the changing rooms, the tunnel and the pitch-side for interviews with players and staff, for €67m per year.

Package D includes platform-neutral exclusive coverage of the 12 teams not included in packages A and B, totalling 132 games per season, for €235m per year.

Package E comprises OTT, internet and mobile rights for three matches per weekend, for €109m per year.

The tender has been launched after the Lega ratified earlier this month an agreement with Infront Sports & Media for the agency to serve as the league’s adviser for media rights sales until at least the end of the 2017-18 season.