The FIFA World Cup and Dysfunctional Television Distribution in the United States

21 Southwestern Journal of International Law 155 (2014)

10 Pages Posted: 23 May 2015

Date Written: November 3, 2014

Abstract

This paper examines television distribution of FIFA World Cup events in the United States and compares the costs of television coverage in the United States with costs elsewhere in the world. The article explains how the current system of bundled distribution of television channels for pay TV viewers contributes to the high payments made by US viewers relative to non-US viewers. It explores various possible remedies that could lead to more competitive and consumer-friendly options for US viewers to watch FIFA events, other sporting events, and other video programming.

Keywords: FIFA, television distribution, telecommunications law, antitrust law

JEL Classification: K21, K23, L42, L43, L82, L83, L96

Suggested Citation

Grimes, Warren S., The FIFA World Cup and Dysfunctional Television Distribution in the United States (November 3, 2014). 21 Southwestern Journal of International Law 155 (2014), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2609127

Warren S. Grimes (Contact Author)

Southwestern Law School ( email )

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