The European Court of Justice validates exclusive rights for broadcasting of sports events provided they do not grant absolute territorial exclusivity (Football Association Premier League)

The Football Association Premier League (FAPL), holder of the television broadcasting rights for the Premier League, the leading professional football league competition for football clubs in England, grants exclusive licences in respect of those broadcasting rights to one TV channel per country. To protect the territorial exclusivity granted, the broadcaster must undertake to encrypt the signal and transmit it via satellite only to subscribers in its designated territory. The licence agreement reinforces the lock-out mechanism by prohibiting broadcasters from providing decoder cards to persons outside the Member State for which the licence was granted. Nevertheless, the FAPL had realised that pubs in the UK were purchasing decoder cards from the Greek broadcaster under a false name

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Joseph Vogel, The European Court of Justice validates exclusive rights for broadcasting of sports events provided they do not grant absolute territorial exclusivity (Football Association Premier League), 4 October 2011, e-Competitions Bulletin Exclusivity clause, Art. N° 39726

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