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REMINDER: Sports and Competition Law ft. yours truly @ the mardis du droit | 16 November, Institut d’études européennes (Brussels, 7pm local time)

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Super League Breakaway Clubs Release Statement Following Talks

I very much look forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday of next week (16 November, 7pm) in Brussels. I am proud to have been invited by Denis Waelbroeck and Jean-Francois Bellis to discuss recent developments in relation to the interface between competition law and sports. I will be doing so in the context of the legendary mardis du droit de la concurrence.

Information on how to register for the session can be found here. The information will be delivered in hybrid format. Should you have any questions on the registration process and/or on access to the event, do not hesitate to contact Françoise Vanden Broeck via Francoise.Vanden.Broeck@ulb.be.

The application of competition law provisions to sporting activities could not be more topical, with two pending rulings. One is a preliminary reference concerning the ongoing dispute between the UEFA/FIFA and the Super League (see here). The other one is the ISU case, concerning the lawfulness of some rules laid down by the International Skating Union (see here).

The cases are not only topical but also fascinating from a legal standpoint. Evaluating the compatibility of these rules with Articles 101 and 102 TFEU forces us to engage with traditional doctrines such as ancillary restraints and classics of the case law from Gottrup-Klim to Cartes Bancaires.

I plan on expanding the thoughts on this and this posts in a paper to be published after the presentation. Your insights, in what promises to be a great discussion, will definitely improve it.

A bientôt in Brussels!

Written by Pablo Ibanez Colomo

9 November 2021 at 3:34 pm

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