Sky Italia hit with court injunction over missed Serie A rights payment
Serie A has won the first round in its battle with Sky Italia, after Italy's civil court issued the pay-television broadcaster with an injunction following a missed rights fee payment for the coronavirus-impacted 2019-20 season.
The league took action when Sky failed to make a €131 million ($148 million) payment in early May.
The injunction with the Milan court was filed in late May and as Sky can appeal, it is not immediately enforceable, according to reports in Italy.
Serie A has issued Sky with a deadline of 12 July to deliver its final payment, or face having its signal cut for the remaining weeks of the season.
Sky had previously asked for a reduction in its fees for the 2019-20 season, equating to between 15 per cent and 18 per cent.
DAZN, the over-the-top subscription service which is the league’s other main domestic rights holder, agreed a payment structure with Serie A, as did IMG, the international agency which handles the league's international media and other commercial rights.
Sky and DAZN hold Serie A rights in a three-year deal worth €973 million per season (€780 million from Sky and €193 million from DAZN), running to the end of the 2020-21 campaign, while the deal with IMG is worth more than €360 million per year.