Serie A's overseas television rights deal, the Daily Mail reported last fall, was a mere one-sixth of the English Premier League.
Perhaps an indication of its lessening appeal, Serie A -- dissimilar to the English Premier League, La Liga and the Bundesliga -- doesn't have a jersey sponsor for its match officials.
"One of the problems of Serie A is that it's difficult to see it," Foot said. "There's not a package, which is worse than it was in the '90s."
Call for reform
Juve president Andrea Agnelli wants change in Italian football, and so too does retired AC Milan and Italy great Paolo Maldini, part of the Milan team that beat Conte and Juventus in all an-Italian Champions League final in 2003.
"If you go outside the San Siro you can see people selling fake merchandising," he told Reuters news agency in April.
"It was like that when I started to play and it is still like that now. You can't allow this. Then you have old stadiums, very old stadiums. San Siro is a historic stadium. It's nice but doesn't offer comfort ... we have to improve it.
"Above all we need to learn from leagues that make money from sports rather than lose money."
Conte echoed those thoughts after Juve's Champions League exit.
I think we need to change Italian football and when I say we I mean us, the other clubs, media, fans and institutions," he said.
"Abroad they invest money in projects, here we talk about referees and what cars the players are driving."
On the pitch Juve didn't do as well as last season, which was not a surprise since it finished unbeaten in Serie A in 2011/2012.
Yet the margin of victory was still impressive. Juve pulled away from Napoli and by the end of the weekend held a 11-point lead.
Without benefiting from the individual brilliance of a Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robin van Persie or Luis Suarez, Juve relied on a balanced attack and various sources to hit the back of the net.
Creativity came from more than playmaker Andrea Pirlo, too. Before Sunday's win over Palermo, four Juve players had more assists than Pirlo.
Conte's team was marshalled at the back by three notable Italian internationals, keeper Gianluigi Buffon and central defenders Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini.
A deal with Samsung would help Juventus in its chase of summer targets and bolster its European prospects next season.
Alexis Sanchez of Barcelona, who hasn't shown his Udinese form in Spain, Paris Saint-Germain's Italian playmaker Marco Verratti, and talismanic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic -- a former Juventus players -- have all been linked with the Italian champions.
It all points to a promising period for Juventus.
Maybe the glory days in Europe will return sooner than Conte anticipated.
"What Agnelli goes on about now is the system must be reformed," Foot said. "But he has done more than anyone else domestically, so I think Juventus are in a good position."