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Sky: DAZN, Telecom Italia deal ‘may harm competition’

Broadcaster is believed to have written to Italian football league Serie A to express its concern

Sky has written a letter to Italian football league Serie A expressing its concern over the partnership between DAZN and Telecom Italia to secure broadcast rights could harm competition.

According to Reuters, Sky said: “Such a distribution accord may potentially generate competition issues.

“In the interest of millions of Italian football fans, we believe it’s extremely important Serie A matches are distributed across all platforms and the broadest number of devices possible,” it added.

Earlier this week it was revealed DAZN has signed a deal with Telecom Italia that includes distribution and technological support as well as financing of around €1 billion for its bid to broadcast the next three seasons of Serie A.

DAZN has offered €840 million per season for the rights to Italy’s top football league, it’s thought Telecom Italia could provide about €340 million a year in a content-distribution deal.