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Competition policy and the commercialization of sport broadcasting rights: The decision of the Italian Competition Authority

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  • Alessandra Tonazzi
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    In 1999 the Italian Competition Authority (ICA) stated that the regulation of the Italian League allowing it to sell football broadcasting rights collectively was a restrictive agreement. The League changed its regulation and a new form of revenue redistribution compatible with individual commercialization was established. The paper compares the ICA decision with other cases concerning the commercialization of sport broadcasting rights (especially the decision of the British Restrictive Practices Court). It shows that individual commercialization does not necessarily imply problems concerning competitive balance when an appropriate redistribution system of the revenues is pursued. Some implications for competition in the downstream television market are also analysed.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal International Journal of the Economics of Business.

    Volume (Year): 10 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 17-34

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:ijecbs:v:10:y:2003:i:1:p:17-34

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    Keywords: Competition Policy; Football Broadcasting Rights; Television Industry;

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    1. Caruso Raul & Di Domizio Marco, 2013. "Hooliganism and demand for football in Italy: Attendance and counter-violence policy evaluation," wp.comunite 0101, Department of Communication, University of Teramo.
    2. Roger G. Noll, 2007. "Broadcasting And Team Sports," Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Scottish Economic Society, vol. 54(3), pages 400-421, 07.
    3. Raul Caruso & Marco Di Domizio, 2012. "Domanda Di Calcio E Violenza Negli Stadi: Un’Analisi Panel Sulla Serie A," Rivista di Diritto ed Economia dello Sport, Centro di diritto e business dello Sport, vol. 8(2), pages 41-66, settembre.
    4. Pelnar, Gregory, 2007. "Antitrust Analysis of Sports Leagues," MPRA Paper 5382, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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