The Polish Supreme Court confirms the NCA’s decision on illegality of an "English clause" on the market for football broadcasting rights (Canal + / Polski Związek Piłki Nożnej)

On 7 January 2009, the Polish Supreme Court issued a long awaited judgement concerning an “English clause“ in an agreement between pay TV operator (Canal +) and a Polish football association, Polski Związek Piłki Nożnej ("the PFA"), which was assessed by the President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection ("OCCP") as restricting competition. The earlier stages of this case have been reported in e-competitions [1] . Court of Appeal Following the appeal of Canal+ (the PFA decided not to appeal) against the judgment of the Court of Competition and Consumer Protection of 2007, the court of appeal in its judgement of December 2007 shared the opinion of both the OCCP and the court of first instance with respect to market definition, the anticompetitive nature of the agreement and

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  • Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak (Warsaw)
  • PKN Orlen (Warsaw)

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Robert Gago, Piotr Borowiec, The Polish Supreme Court confirms the NCA’s decision on illegality of an "English clause" on the market for football broadcasting rights (Canal + / Polski Związek Piłki Nożnej), 7 January 2009, e-Competitions Bulletin January 2009, Art. N° 28368

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