The Brussels Court of Appeal upholds the NCA decision holding that the exclusive joint selling of football television rights is not infringing Art. 81.1 EC (Jupiler League - Belgacom Skynet)

Relevant facts On 9 May 2005, the LBV, a joint selling body with the exclusive right to sell TV broadcasting rights of the Jupiler League on behalf of the participating football clubs, had awarded all the packages of rights to Belgacom Skynet. Telenet, Belgacom's competitor on the Belgian digital television market, as well as BeTV (formerly Canal+ in Wallonia) contested the award, given the strategical importance of access to premium content. The Belgian National Competition Authority (NCA) however decided on 29 July 2005 the tendering procedure was satisfying the requirements which were extracted from the European Commission's decisional practice. Strengthened by the fact that Belgacom Skynet was a new entrant on the pay television market, the NCA found the joint selling of media

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Dieter Gillis, Sven Van Damme, The Brussels Court of Appeal upholds the NCA decision holding that the exclusive joint selling of football television rights is not infringing Art. 81.1 EC (Jupiler League - Belgacom Skynet), 28 June 2006, e-Competitions Bulletin Sport, Art. N° 12410

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