Competition Law and Sport: Established Principles Don’t Prevent New Actions Across the EU and Beyond

    View Author November 2010
    The interplay between competition law and the world of sport has long been acknowledged. It is generally well accepted that EC law, including articles 81 and 82 EC apply to sport insofar as it constitutes an economic activity (although drawing the line between economic and ‘purely sporting’ activities remains fundamentally open to debate). The past 20 years or so have seen sport become increasingly commercialised; as the economic value of sport as an industry increases, so the importance of competition law in regulating the behaviour of stakeholders and participants at every level increases.