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Competition Law & Anti-Trust
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Course Aims:

This podcast aims to set out the developing relationship between sporting rights and competition and EU competition rules. While sport itself may be competitive, it is also a multi-billion pound industry carrying lucrative media rights, merchandising and sponsorship. How do you reconcile the co-operation to create a product with an anti-competitive agreement? This podcast also addresses the developing jurisprudence on the applicability of competition rules to measures designed to maintain standards in professional sport.

After completing the course you will:
  • Understand the structure of competition law in the EU;
  • Be aware of the tension at the heart of sport between co-operation and competition;
  • Understand how the commercial activities of sporting competitions come within the ambit of competition law;
  • Be aware of a number of recent cases from the EU and US on sports merchandising;
  • Be aware of the developing jurisprudence concern the regulation of sporting activities and whether punitive measures when enforcing standards might be anti-competitive;
  • Understand the balancing exercise the courts undertake when ruling against anti-competitive practices.
Complex Difficulty: 4 of 5
Case Update
Legal Principles
Sources and References:
  • Art. 101 Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (formerly Art. 81);
  • American Needle Inc. v National Football League (No. 08-661);
  • Laurent Piau v Commission of the European Communities (T-193/02);
  • David Meca-Medina and Igor Majcen v Commission of the;
  • European Communities (C-519/04);
  • Wouters and others v Algemene Raad van de Nederlandse Orde van. Advocaten (NOvA) (C-309/99).

In this podcast, two experienced competition lawyers discuss the interaction between EU competition rules and sporting competitions, events and merchandising rights. While sport is inherently competitive, it is a unique sector that throws up a range of interesting legal issues for practitioners. This podcast was inspired by the recent US Supreme Court decision know as American Needle that discussed many of the same issues.

Podcast last reviewed: 2011-10-31

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