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Pubs, football, and satellite decoder cards: the latest instalment

The Court of Appeal has recently handed down judgment in the latest in a line of cases relating to the showing of Premier League football matches in UK pubs using foreign satellite decoder cards. The Court of Appeal found in favour of the Premier League, confirming that unauthorised use of a decoder card licensed for … Continue Reading

The Saturday afternoon football blackout: an analysis

English fans of Spanish football may have been disappointed this weekend not to find El Clásico, the match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, in their TV guides.  The match kicked off at 3:15pm UK time and finished 1 – 1, with honours even, but was not shown on English television. While El Clásico represents one … Continue Reading

Digital Single Market update: Council confirms approach to EU geoblocking ban will not apply to sports broadcasts

On Monday (28 November), the European Council announced that it has agreed a general approach to a draft regulation to prohibit “unjustified geoblocking” between member states, including confirmation that the regulation should not apply to sports broadcasts.  The draft regulation formed part of the proposals adopted by the Commission earlier this year on the Digital … Continue Reading

The Association of European Professional Football Leagues shows UEFA a red card and terminates their MOU

On Friday 21 October 2016, the Association of European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) announced that it was terminating its memorandum of understanding (MOU) with UEFA as a result of changes being made to the qualifying system for both the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League for three seasons from 2018/2019 onward.   The EPFL … Continue Reading

The sky’s the limit – what Sky’s virtual reality launch means for sport

Last month, following the first live streamed NFL game on Twitter, Sports Shorts posted on the new era of digital sports consumption. Less than three weeks later (on 3 October), Sky has launched its new virtual reality app.  The free app is available to iPhone and Android users (or at least those who own an appropriate … Continue Reading

Commission announces latest development in Digital Single Market strategy

On the back of Jean-Claude Juncker’s annual “State of the Union” address this morning, the European Commission has unveiled the latest in a number of developments in the Digital Single Market initiative.  The Digital Single Market (“DSM”) strategy is essentially Europe’s answer to the developing nature of technology, increased connectivity, and consumers’ expectations that they … Continue Reading
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