Sports and competition law: An overview of EU and national case law

Introduction The EU Courts established more than 40 years ago that "the practice of sport is subject to Community law […] in so far as it constitutes an economic activity." [1]Sport is not just an economic activity, but big business, by some estimates accounting for almost 4% of European GDP and over 5% of the workforce. The European football rights market alone, for example, was worth more than €22 billion in 2014/5, of which €12 billion was derived from the big five national leagues in UK, Germany, Spain, Italy and France [2]. Art. 101 and 102 TFEU, as well as internal market freedoms, have regularly been held applicable to sport, by the courts [3], European Commission and national competition authorities ("NCAs"). By way of example, the Swedish competition authority has recently

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Edward Batchelor, Luca Montani, Katherine Cousins, Sports and competition law: An overview of EU and national case law, 9 March 2017, e-Competitions Bulletin Sport, Art. N° 68329

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