De Laurentiis

Aurelio De Laurentiis Unveils Blueprint for Reviving Italian Football


Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis laid out his own recipe for revitalizing Italian football, suggesting TV rights abroad should be sold to a single buyer. On the sidelines of an event at the Senate, the president of the reigning Italian champions declared to members of the Napoli Club Parliament:

“We need to reset the League; reducing Serie A to 18 teams won’t solve the problems. There’s a championship of the top part of the table and one of the bottom, and teams from cities with twenty thousand inhabitants distort the league.”

Television Rights – “We also need to tackle piracy, and the contracts for the sale of TV rights abroad are low; they should be sold to a single buyer at the highest price. The Super League was a tool to show Europe that there is no monopoly in football.”

Transfer Market – “Then there’s the issue of non-EU players; extending the assignment from three to five years hasn’t been positive, and things change every twelve months. Clubs should be able to act as agents for their own players. If I sign a 17 or 18-year-old, I can’t give him only a 5-year contract; I should be free to sign him for 7 or 8 years. Then, if he wants to leave at the end of the contract period, he can. I should decide, not the agents.”


Serie A obsessive.