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Broadcast Rights and Competitive Balance in European Soccer

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  • Thomas Peeters

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    (University of Antwerp)

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Monopolization of broadcast rights for collective sales is a widespread practice in sports leagues. Proponents of this system claim that it is a necessary tool for the maintenance of competitive balance (tension) in sports. In this empirical paper, I argue that, in European soccer, collective sales do not increase competitive balance as compared to individual sales. Further, I demonstrate the negative effect of the UEFA Champions League and the beneficial effect of a more equal distribution of drawing power and a larger domestic market size on competitive balance. These results shed new light on antitrust policies towards the sports industry.

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Article provided by Fitness Information Technology in its journal International Journal of Sport Finance.

Volume (Year): 6 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 23-39

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Handle: RePEc:jsf:intjsf:v:6:y:2011:i:1:p:23-39

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Keywords: competitive balance; broadcast rights; antitrust policy; soccer;

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Cited by:
  1. Peeters Th., 2010. "TV Revenue Sharing as a Coordination Device in Sports," Working Papers 2010005, University of Antwerp, Faculty of Applied Economics.
  2. Oliver Budzinski, 2011. "The Institutional Framework for Doing Sports Business: Principles of EU Competition Policy in Sports Markets," Working Papers 108/11, University of Southern Denmark, Department of Environmental and Business Economics.

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