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

1. Introduction In 1974 the Court of Justice of the EU (“CJEU”) concluded in its famous Walrave and Koch case [1] that sport is subject to EU law as far as it constitutes an economic activity. In the Meca-Medina case of 2006 [2] the Court confirmed that sporting regulations that have economic effects could be analysed under competition law. However, even though the European Commission has also on several occasions explicitly stated that competition law does apply to the sports sector, [3] the enforcement of competition rules in antitrust cases in the sports industry was not the focus of the European Commission’s competition law enforcement at the start of this millennium. This resulted in an absence of formal competition law infringement decisions by the European Commission in the first

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Carmen Verdonck, Hanne Baeyens, Nina Methens, Quentin Silvestre, Sports and competition law: An overview of EU and national case law, 16 July 2020, e-Competitions Sports, Art. N° 92775

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