The Portuguese Competition Authority fines a TV sports channel for abuse of dominance (Sport TV)

On 6 June 2013, the Portuguese Competition Authority (Autoridade da Concorrência, AdC) sanctioned Sport TV Portugal, S.A. (hereinafter, “Sport TV”), for an alleged abuse of its dominant position in the Portuguese market for TV access to premium sports content, in violation of article 6 (abuse of dominant position) of the 2003 Competition Act (Law 18/2003, of June 11) [1] and article 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) [2]. Although under the former Competition Act there was a very vivid dispute on whether the AdC could enforce article 102 TFEU and the Lisbon Commercial Court considered in its decisions that, in any case, the AdC could not apply sanctions under Regulation (EC) 1/2003 nor under the 2003 Competition Act for the breach of articles 101 or 102

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Miguel Gorjão-Henriques, The Portuguese Competition Authority fines a TV sports channel for abuse of dominance (Sport TV), 6 June 2013, e-Competitions June 2013, Art. N° 57300

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