Court suspends future Serie A television deal

An Italian appeals court has suspended a domestic broadcasting deal for the rights to show games from the country’s top two football leagues.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reported Thursday that the Milan Appeals Court has ruled that the deal breaks anti-monopoly laws following a complaint by television channel Conto TV.

The Italian football league has announced its intention to appeal the decision.

The league clubs were set to receive a total of €1.15 billion (US$1.7 billion) from Sky Italia for the two seasons.

Under the current TV deal, each club signs an individual contract with the two main broadcasters – Sky Italia and Mediaset.

From next season, the clubs are meant to sign a joint agreement, similar to the England’s Premier League.