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Italian Soccer Signs Deal to Return Matches to TV After Blackout

  • Serie A may accept discount to current broadcast rights fee
  • The original deal was worth $500 million over three seasons
Cristiano Ronaldo shoots a penalty kick to open the scoring during a match.

Cristiano Ronaldo shoots a penalty kick to open the scoring during a match.

Photographer: MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images
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Qatar’s BeIN Media settled a dispute with Serie A that allows it to resume broadcasts of Italy’s elite soccer league, ending a weeklong, global blackout triggered by a long-running conflict over TV piracy.

BeIN, which broadcasts in 35 territories including France and Australia, will have exclusive coverage of Friday’s evening match between Juventus -- Cristiano Ronaldo’s club -- and Lecce, the company said in a statement. It didn’t give a value of the agreement.