The English High Court dismisses price fixing claim by bookmakers relating to collective exclusive broadcasting Licences (Bookmakers Afternoon Greyhound Services / Amalgamated Racing)

Background 1. The British horseracing industry is worth over £830 million annually. Since 1987, licensed betting offices («LBOs») have been allowed to show live coverage of racing from courses across the UK and Ireland. In 1987, the four largest British bookmakers founded Satellite Information Services («SIS»).Between 1987 and April 2007, SIS was the sole provider of live racing coverage. LBOs paid a licence fee for the live coverage to SIS and SIS in turn paid the individual racecourses for the media rights for that coverage. 2. In early 2007, 31 of the 60 UK racecourses sponsored the formation of a joint venture entitled Amalgamated Racing Ltd (AMRAC). In April 2007, AMRAC launched Turf TV - an alternative live coverage subscription service to SIS. By the time it was fully operational,

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Simon Barnes, The English High Court dismisses price fixing claim by bookmakers relating to collective exclusive broadcasting Licences (Bookmakers Afternoon Greyhound Services / Amalgamated Racing), 8 August 2008, e-Competitions Bulletin Sport, Art. N° 21537

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