The Polish Competition Authority fines the pay-TV operator and a football association for exclusive broadcasting rights (Canal+/Polish Football Association)

The President of the Office for Competition and Consumer Protection (the “OCCP”) imposed by decision dated 29 May 2006 (No. DOK2-410/2/05/SCH) fines of almost PLN 8 million (EUR 2 million) on the Polish Football Association (PZPN) and Canal+ (pay TV operator). The OCCP assessed that the privileged position of Canal+ in respect of obtaining a licence for broadcasting football league matches restricted competition. The Polish Football Association has the exclusive right to grant a licence for broadcasting football matches, and therefore enjoys the position of a natural monopoly. Any TV station which wants to broadcast matches of the national 1st and 2nd Divisions and the Polish Cup or parts of them has to take part in a tender organized by the PZPN. What is important is that the right

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Robert Gago, Aleksandra Czekaj-Dancewicz, The Polish Competition Authority fines the pay-TV operator and a football association for exclusive broadcasting rights (Canal+/Polish Football Association), 29 May 2006, e-Competitions Bulletin Sport, Art. N° 12438

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