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German football’s unique 50+1 ownership rule assessed as “unproblematic” from a competition law perspective

June 15, 2021

On 31 May 2021, the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) provided its preliminary assessment on German football’s so-called 50+1 rule.

To siphon or not to siphon? Has the fragmentation of the broadcasting market made the list redundant?

June 02, 2021

The launch of pay television during the 1990s created high levels of political concern that the general public of Australia would no longer be able to access major sporting events on free-to-air television.

The power struggle between sports federations and athletes under scrutiny: the ISU case continues

April 06, 2021

The International Skating Union’s (ISU) recent appeal to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) provides an opportunity to look at the key facts of this case and consider its significance.

Antitrust challenges in (mobile) eSports: App store restrictions and beyond

June 18, 2020

From being a casual hobby just a decade ago, eSports have evolved into a lucrative business worth over a billion US dollars.

Does competition law still have a role to play in sport? The failed challenge by Saracens

February 21, 2020

In November last year, the English professional rugby club, Saracens, was heavily sanctioned by a league disciplinary panel for breaches of the salary cap rules.

Ticket scalpers: ACCC returns serve

January 29, 2019

Anyone who has sought to buy tickets for a concert or major sporting event is likely to be familiar with the practices of “ticket scalpers” or “ticket touts” – those who systematically buy large numbers of sports and entertainment event tickets with the sole aim of reselling at an exorbitant amount above the initial purchase price once the event sells out.

Eleven Sports reverses decision over football TV “blackout”

December 05, 2018

UEFA regulations currently allow member associations to implement a “transmission free period”, often referred to as the “blackout”, at the time when the majority of the weekly football matches in the top (or top two) domestic leagues in that country are played.