The European Court of Justice issues its preliminary ruling holding that restricting the sale of European foreign satellite decoder cards is “contrary to the freedom to provide services” (Football Association Premier League)

Little, large and not proven* The big story for British sports fans has been the recent ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) in the FA Premier League / Karen Murphy case. Effectively, the ECJ has said that British viewers can buy live English Premier League football matches from any pay-TV provider in the EU and yah boo sucks to expensive broadcasting giants like Sky and ESPN. Mrs Murphy is the landlady of the Red, White and Blue pub in Southsea, Hampshire in southern England. She showed live Premier League football – including 3pm games on a Saturday, which are subject to a media blackout in the UK in a bid to protect attendances at matches – through a Greek satellite system. This broke domestic legal rules as it bypassed a licence granted to Sky and ESPN,

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Max Findlay, The European Court of Justice issues its preliminary ruling holding that restricting the sale of European foreign satellite decoder cards is “contrary to the freedom to provide services” (Football Association Premier League), 4 October 2011, e-Competitions Bulletin Judicial review, Art. N° 40049

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