ROME - Serie A will play its postponed
first round of fixtures in midweek on December 21, the League
said on Thursday.
The matches, which had originally been scheduled for August
27/28, were put back when the Italian Players' Union (AIC)
called a strike after failing to reach an agreement with Lega
Serie A over the signing of a collective agreement over players'
The two sides eventually compromised and a one-season
contract was signed on September 5 with Italy's top division finally
getting underway two weeks' late.
The Lega also announced on Thursday that Serie A club
presidents had approved a three-year deal with Sky Italia for
satellite pay-TV rights and with the Silvio Berlusconi-owned RTI
(Reti Televisive Italiane) for digital terrestrial rights of
Serie A matches broadcast in Italy from 2012-15.
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