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Broadcasting rights and competitive balance in European soccer

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  • PEETERS, Thomas

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Collective sales of media rights are a common practice in sports leagues. Proponents of the system claim that it is a necessary tool for the maintenance of competitive balance. In this empirical paper, I argue that, in European soccer, collective sales do not increase competitive balance as compared to individual sales. Secondly, I demonstrate the negative effect of the UEFA Champions League on competitive balance. Finally, I illustrate the beneficial effect of a larger market size and a more equal distribution of drawing power. These results shed new light on antitrust and solidarity policies in the sports industry.

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Paper provided by University of Antwerp, Faculty of Applied Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2009009.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2009
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Handle: RePEc:ant:wpaper:2009009

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Keywords: Competitive balance; Broadcast rights; Antitrust policy; Soccer;

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  1. Peeters, Thomas, 2012. "Media revenue sharing as a coordination device in sports leagues," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 30(2), pages 153-163.
  2. Oliver Budzinski, 2011. "The Institutional Framework for Doing Sports Business: Principles of EU Competition Policy in Sports Markets," Working Papers 1103, International Association of Sports Economists & North American Association of Sports Economists.

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