Completely reforming the Italian football league system

Discussion in 'Italy' started by shizzle787, May 6, 2021.

  1. Jeremy Goodwin

    Jeremy Goodwin Member+

    SSC Napoli
    Feb 16, 1999
    Montreal Impact
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Coppa Italia is already less than 64 teams. It's been 44 teams for the last few years, only a handful of Serie C teams compete.
  2. shizzle787

    shizzle787 Member

    Apr 27, 2015
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I know. It’s too elite. It should be open to more clubs.
  3. r0adrunner

    r0adrunner Member+

    Jun 4, 2011
    London, UK
    AS Roma
    Nat'l Team:
    While I'm all for reforming the Coppa and especially the size of Serie A, the biggest problem facing calcio - apart from developing new stadiums of course - is the value of the domestic media rights.

    The new contracts agreed last October which run for 5 years from 2024-29 are worth only EUR 900m/season compared to the 2021-24 value of EUR 927m/season (it was as high as EUR 970m/season in 2018-21).

    Serie A broadcasters have lost over half of their subscribers since the switch from linear television signal to internet streaming so DAZN - which is the only broadcaster to show all Serie A and B games - has only 2m subscribers (Sky (satellite) and Mediaset (digital terrestrial) used to have over 4m subscribers combined when they used to broadcast Serie A games).

    There is hope the new piracy shield technology which began in February can eliminate piracy services to which an estimated 5m people subscribe and increase legitimate subscriptions. This is why there is a so-called revenue-sharing element in the new contract with DAZN starting next season whereby any surplus income beyond the broadcaster's current revenue of EUR 750m/year is to be shared equally between the broadcaster and Serie A.

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