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Exclusive territorial broadcast licences granted by the FA Premier League are contrary to the free movement of services and to EU competition law

Exclusive territorial broadcast licences granted by the FA Premier League are contrary to the free movement of services and to EU competition law

In a judgment handed down today in Joined Cases C-403/08 and C-429/08, the Court of Justice of the European Union ('ECJ') has held that licences for the broadcasting of football matches which grant broadcasters territorial exclusivity on a Member State-by-Member State basis and which prohibit television viewers from watching the broadcasts with a foreign decoder card are contrary both to the free movement of services and to EU competition law. This groundbreaking finding may have far-reaching implications on the way in which media rights are bought and sold throughout the EU.

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