Download this Paper Open PDF in Browser

Cunning as a Fox - Dutch Competition Authority Clears Long-Term Acquisition of Dutch Football Broadcasting Rights

European Competition Law Review (2013) vol. 34, no. 4, 223-226.

4 Pages Posted: 17 Jun 2013  

Ben Van Rompuy

Leiden Law School - Europa Institute; Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) - iMinds-SMIT

Date Written: June 16, 2013

Abstract

On August 8, 2012, Eredivisie Media & Marketing C.V. (EMM), the media and commercial arm of the Premier football league (Eredivisie) in the Netherlands, announced a long-term partnership with Fox International Channels Inc (Fox). On November 29, 2012, the Netherlands Competition Authority (NMa) approved the broadcasting deal, which is the largest of its kind in the history of Dutch football.The NMa adopted a formal decision, clearing the acquisition of EMM by Fox, and an informal opinion on the proposed modes of exploitation of the Eredivisie broadcasting rights. This article scrutinizes these decisions and reveals a worrying sign of competition law enforcement fatigue in the area of sports media rights.

Keywords: competition law, sports broadcasting, football rights, media, Fox, acquisition, exclusivity football

Suggested Citation

Van Rompuy, Ben, Cunning as a Fox - Dutch Competition Authority Clears Long-Term Acquisition of Dutch Football Broadcasting Rights (June 16, 2013). European Competition Law Review (2013) vol. 34, no. 4, 223-226.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2280036

Ben Van Rompuy (Contact Author)

Leiden Law School - Europa Institute

Steenschuur 25
Leiden, 2311ES
Netherlands

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) - iMinds-SMIT ( email )

Pleinlaan 9
Brussels, 1050
Belgium

Paper statistics

Downloads
120
Rank
196,641
Abstract Views
504