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It is vital for professional advisers to have a clear understanding of the application of a developing EU Sports Law (both ‘soft law’ and formal decisions) as a breach of the EU Competition Law can result in hefty fines.

This interactive seminar will cover the theory and practice of Sports Law and will include some key practical exercises for the attendees to do during the seminar. Leading EU Cases and Major Texts will be covered and discussed, including the 2012 European Court of Justice Case: Preliminary Ruling on Copyright in Sports Databases in Football Dataco Ltd et al v Yahoo UK Ltd et al (Case C-604/10).

What You Will Learn

This seminar will cover the following:

  • General legal principle that EU Law applies to sport where there is an economic dimension – Walrave & Koch and Dona & Mantero
  • Sporting restrictions must go no further than is necessary to achieve their aims and objectives – Deliege and Lehtonen
  • Freedom of movement rights of football players out of contract – Bosman, Kolpak and Simutenkov
  • Meca Medina and MOTOE: Specificity of sport and its legal limitations
  • Olivier Bernard: Anticipatory breach of contract and assessment of damages
  • Collective sale & purchase of sports broadcasting rights – Eurovision I & II, European Champions League, English FA Premier League and German Bundesliga cases
  • Major sports events ticketing – MasterCard & FIFA
  • Right to show Premier League Matches in Pubs – Karen Murphy & FA Premier League
  • Restrictive agreements, concerted practices and abuse of dominant positions applied to sporting situations – Articles 101 & 102 of TFEU
  • Television Without Frontiers Directive: Right to view designated sports events on ‘free to air’ TV
  • EU sports policies and general principles – Nice Declaration on Sport 2000
  • White Paper on Sport 2007: Specificity of sport concept general principles
  • The Sport Article 165 in the Lisbon Treaty: New legal basis for EU intervention in sport

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