The UK High Court of Justice rules collective and exclusive sports rights permissible in Art. 81/101 EC case (BAGS / AMRAC / Turf TV)

In Bookmakers' Afternoon Greyhound Services Ltd v Amalgamated Racing Ltd (2008)(BAGS v AMRAC), the UK High Court dismissed allegations of anti-competitive conduct by a new sports broadcaster part-owned by racecourses [1]. BAGS v AMRAC is one of the significant private actions in recent years pertaining to Article 81 of the EC Treaty, now Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU. The dispute, appealed first to the UK Court of Appeal (2009) and then to the UK Supreme Court (which declined to hear the appeal), concerns the business of broadcasting television pictures of horse racing into betting shops, which is worth around £100m per year in the UK [2]. The claimants were major bookmakers and the associated media rights buyer, BAGS, which alleged that the new broadcaster,

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James Kavanagh, Gunnar Niels, The UK High Court of Justice rules collective and exclusive sports rights permissible in Art. 81/101 EC case (BAGS / AMRAC / Turf TV), 28 July 2009, e-Competitions July 2009, Art. N° 30199

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