The Belgian Competition Authority concludes that the joint selling of media rights is in line with the decision practice of the EU Commission and is not infringing Art. 81(1) EC (Jupiler League / Belgacom Skynet)

On 29 July 2005 the Belgian Competition Council approved the award of TV broadcasting rights by the Liga Beroepsvoetbal (“LBV”) to Belgacom Skynet, since there was no infringement of Art. 81 EC. The Council has found that the broadcasting rights of matches of the Belgian first (and second) football league (also called the Jupiler League because of the sponsoring agreement with Inbev) were awarded after an open, transparent and non-discriminating tendering procedure. Moreover the TV broadcasting rights are limited for a time period of three seasons (2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008), which is in line with decisional practice of the European Commission. Relevant Facts The LBV, a joint selling body, with the exclusive right to sell TV broadcasting rights of the Jupiler League on behalf of

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Dieter Gillis, Peggy Valcke, The Belgian Competition Authority concludes that the joint selling of media rights is in line with the decision practice of the EU Commission and is not infringing Art. 81(1) EC (Jupiler League / Belgacom Skynet), 29 July 2005, e-Competitions July 2005, Art. N° 480

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