Andrea Abodi has been elected as the first ever President of the newly formed and independent Lega Serie B.
The second division clubs were almost split in half over the election of the head of their governing body at an extraordinary assembly meeting in Milan today, with Abodi defeating rival Michele Uva by only a single vote after a third ballot.
Abodi, who was an administrater for the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) and worked on Rome's candidacy for the 2020 Olympics, will also be the main voice for Serie B at the Italian Football Federation's (FIGC) future Council meetings.
The 50-year-old was elected alongside Councilors Dario Cassingena (Vicenza), Salvatore Gualtieri (Crotone), Massimo Mezzaroma (Siena), Carlo Rossi (Sassuolo), Gianluca Sottovia (Padova) and Daniele Sebastiani (Pescara), who is also vice-President of the new league.
Earlier this month, Serie B announced a two-year title sponsorship deal with Bwin and launched its new brand as it gets set to go it alone from the upcoming season after the top-flight of Italian football, Serie A, broke away from the two-tier union in the summer.
The sponsorship deal, along with the successful sale of the domestic collective television rights to Sky Italia and Dahlia TV, will bring much-needed revenue to a division which has been under severe financial pressure for several years.
Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that the 2010-11 Serie B season is scheduled to kick off on August 22, with the regular campaign concluding on May 29, 2011.
There will be three rounds of midweek matches during the year - on October 13, November 9 and March 1 - and a two-week winter break during December and January.
The end-of-season play-off semi-finals are pencilled in for June 2 and 6, with the two-legged final to be held on June 9 and 13. The play-out finals will take place on June 4 and 12.
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Source: Lega Serie B