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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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  • Alessandra Tonazzi, 2003. "Competition policy and the commercialization of sport broadcasting rights: The decision of the Italian Competition Authority," International Journal of the Economics of Business, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 10(1), pages 17-34.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:ijecbs:v:10:y:2003:i:1:p:17-34
    DOI: 10.1080/1357151032000043302
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    1. Marco Di Domizio & Raul Caruso, 2015. "Hooliganism and Demand for Football in Italy: Attendance and Counterviolence Policy Evaluation," German Economic Review, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 16(2), pages 123-137, May.
    2. Roger G. Noll, 2007. "Broadcasting And Team Sports," Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Scottish Economic Society, vol. 54(3), pages 400-421, July.
    3. Pelnar, Gregory, 2007. "Antitrust Analysis of Sports Leagues," MPRA Paper 5382, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. 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.

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