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Ensuring Access to Sports Content: 10 Years of EU Intervention. Time to Celebrate?

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Abstract:

About ten years after the introduction of the list of major events mechanism in the Television without Frontiers Directive and after a decade of decision-making practice in the application of antitrust law to the joint sale and acquisition of sports broadcasting rights, it seems appropriate to review whether the European sports fan has ultimately benefited from the approaches taken by the Community institutions and to assess, forward-looking, whether the existing regulatory framework is still workable in the digital media landscape. In this article, the authors critically analyse and evaluate the EU's actions to ensure fair access to sports broadcasting rights.

Keywords: LIST OF MAJOR EVENTS MECHANISM; MARKET ACCESS; RIGHT TO INFORMATION; SPORTS BROADCASTING RIGHTS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2009

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