The European Commission adopts a formal decision exempting the joint selling of the media rights of an international football tournament (UEFA Champions League)

"Football: joint selling of media rights"*1. Introduction On 23 July 2003, the Commission adopted a formal decision exempting the joint selling of the media rights of the UEFA Champions League [1]. The Commission concluded that the joint selling of the TV, internet and mobile telephone content rights of an international football tournament such as the UEFA Champions League was restrictive of competition as it reduced output and limited price competition. But an exemption was justified as joint selling can provide efficiencies and consumer benefits within the meaning of Article 81(3) of the Treaty, in particular by enabling the creation of a single point of sale for a league branded product [2]. Unlike UEFA's former joint selling arrangement notified in 1999, the new joint selling

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Torben Toft, The European Commission adopts a formal decision exempting the joint selling of the media rights of an international football tournament (UEFA Champions League), 23 July 2003, e-Competitions Bulletin Sport, Art. N° 38439

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