The president of the Serie A League, Lorenzo Casini, gave a lengthy interview to the Gazzetta dello Sport. The president addressed many issues: from television rights in Italian stadiums, from the Serie A League government to relations with the FIGC. Here are some excerpts from the interview that you can read in full in the newspaper or on the Gazzetta.it website, by clicking HERE.
THE SERIES A LEAGUE, SEEN FROM THE EYES OF THE PRESIDENT:
“The impression is positive because we are talking about a sector with extraordinary resources and opportunities, not only economic, but also cultural and social”.
THE NEED FOR A CLUB TO INCREASE INCOME:
“Resources can increase both by increasing revenue and reducing costs. In the first case, the marketing of audiovisual rights abroad must be freed from legislative limits that reduce opportunities. For example, there is a maximum period of 3 years, while in the rest of the country it even reaches 8 to 9. This is an issue that Parliament and the Government, with Undersecretary Vezzali, I am grateful for, have understood well. , as do tokens and Nft as an additional source of revenue, albeit more volatile and uncertain, as also noted by Bill Gates.There is the revenue from betting, from which football does not get anything even if it is the object. And finally there is the long-term issue of revenue from investments in infrastructure and stadiums. “.
ON RELATIONS WITH THE FIGURE:
“The FIGC has wanted to introduce stricter criteria to ensure financial sustainability. And we agree on that. What has not worked is the timing and the ways in which measures have been introduced with retroactive effect. he has felt that he deserved it, he has represented the League several times and in the end we were forced to defend ourselves with an appeal that was partially accepted by the highest body of sports justice, the United Sections Guarantee College. The issue could end like this, but the FIGC, instead of immediately convening a federal council, did not accept the ruling of the sports court and its Supreme Court, which worries me greatly because it is a serious precedent for the whole system, has inexplicably resorted to the TAR against a device, without even waiting for the decision and motivations of the Board, and even called for the suspension of the device as a precaution, when there is no danger to the Champion. to ls equipment. I just hope we can work together as soon as possible for the real reforms needed for Italian football. “
THE GOVERNMENT OF THE SERIES LEAGUE IN:
“The issue has two profiles. The first is the role of the League in the federal system and in the federal council. The solution cannot be just numerical, we need to work on procedural mechanisms: we need an agreement with the League for decisions regarding The second is how to strengthen the League: create a media company and improve the structure. The League has dozens of employees, the Spanish League ten times more. The League, with little effort, could become in a real support for the clubs in the relation with institutions and technical support in subjects like infrastructures and marketing ”.
THE ITALIAN STADIUMS:
“For stadiums, the first problem is procedures and timing, with administrations often in trouble. One remedy that Undersecretary Vezzali is working on, and which I share, is to have a government control room with all the administrations involved.” the FIGC, the Leagues., the Instituto per il Credito Sportivo, to examine the files and try to undo all the knots that slow down the procedures “.
FOREIGN PROPERTIES IN ITALY:
“I see both foreign ownership and funds investing well. It means believing in the growth capacity of Serie A. Different experiences and nationalities can enrich the League. US ownership can bring more investment in women’s football, a move that the FIGC has grown and that, with the transition to professionalism, I hope that in the future it can enter the League with its own division ”.