Territorial exclusivity agreements on transmission of football matched appers contrary to eu law

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On February 3 2011 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) Advocate General Juliane Kokott issued a nonbinding opinion that broadcasters cannot prevent consumers in the United Kingdom from using cheaper foreign satellite television equipment to watch Premier League football matches, as this is contrary to the free movement of services within the European Union (Premier League and others v QC Leisure and others and Karen Murphy v Media Protection Services Ltd, joined cases C-403/08 and C-429/08).

If followed by the ECJ, this approach could pave the way for a revolution in the sale of televised sports rights in Europe.

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