A "Bosman" for TV Broadcast Rights?
February 4, 2011 9:09 AM Subscribe
posted by Jakey (17 comments total)
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In 1995, the European Court of Justice famously intervened in the world of sports when it ruled on the Bosman Case
, rendering transfer fees for out-of-contract football players illegal, changing the economics of the sport completely.
2011 will see the ECJ make a landmark decision on the future of sports broadcasting that "could ruin the economic model that has made Premier League clubs among the richest in world football."
Yesterday, Juliane Kokott, advocate-general at the European Court of Justice, issued an opinion (pdf)
advising the European Court of Justice that Karen Murphy should be allowed to show live Premier League matches in her Southsea pub using a Greek decoder card rather than the encrypted service of BSkyB, which owns the UK rights.
On the back of the recent Sky Sports sexism scandal,
the prospect of a blow to the dominance of Rupert Murdoch's Sky empire has been met with glee in newspaper articles and comments
. But not so fast - broadcasters such as BSkyB and ESPN, are among the few probable bidders for a pan-European package.
So, once again, the Premier League could play a central part in the expansion of Murdoch's media empire.