Competition / Media Law Alert – June 2015
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New Trade Regulation Applicable to the Marketing of Football Broadcasting Rights. A Competitive Outcome?
You may be forgiven for thinking that broadcasting of football (soccer) events in Spain is big business. With some world class football clubs, broadcasting rights owned by Spanish football clubs are big cash generators, and the great popularity of football has historically caught the attention of the authorities.
On May 1st, the Spanish Government has published Royal Decree-Law 05/2015, of urgent measures in relation to the distribution of the exploitation rights of audiovisual contents of professional football competitions (RDLF). The approval and entry into force of the RDLF puts an end to long and complex negotiations between all stakeholders including the Spanish Football League (comprising all professional football clubs), the Spanish Football Federation and the Go