It was big news that DG Comp officials, supported by their domestic counterparts, raided a number of sports broadcasters, including Fox in the UK, in relation to an investigation into a suspected cartel in relation to ‘media rights and related rights pertaining to various sports events’. As the investigation is ongoing there is relatively limited public information about the broadcasters who are targets of the investigation or the particular sports rights which are involved – of course there may be no cartel involved and the Commission may find nothing awry. However, as a great many dawn raids are triggered by a leniency application there may well be something afoot.
It is clearly too early to discuss the actuality, but it may be interesting to raise a, potentially heretical, question about one potential type of cartel in relation to sports media rights and ask some interesting questions.
Interested in Sports or Entertainment? Fancy a trip to Madrid in the Autumn? Well the Competition Law Scholars Forum may have an event which is of interest!
The Competition Law Scholars Forum (CLaSF) will be running a workshop on 26th September 2014. The subject of the workshop will be the broad theme of Competition in Leisure Markets. We invite abstract paper proposals from researchers, scholars, practitioners and policy-makers in relation to any issue within this broad theme. We welcome theoretical, economics-driven, practice-based or policy focused papers, and we are interested in receiving abstracts for papers which may be focused on perspectives or experience at national, regional (eg EU), or international levels, or a combination.
This is the 1st Step in developing a new Competition Law blog primarily to support my teaching at Lancaster University Law School and the users of my Textbook, Competition Law and Policy in the EU and UK, published by Routledge and about to go into its 5th ed.
I’ll be using the blog to discuss developments in competition law that I haven’t talked about in class or impact on the issues discussed in the book.
Initially I’ll be developing content during a ‘soft launch’ phase, but I’ll begin publicising what is being published on Twitter, via @AngusMacCulloch, and encouraging anyone interested in Guest Posting.
Let’s see how this goes …