Commission conducts unannounced inspections concerning distribution of sports media rights and other related rights

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Series Details MEMO/18/3163 (10.04.18)
Publication Date 10/04/2018
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The Commission showed concerns that the companies involved may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices (Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union). The Commission officials were accompanied by their counterparts from the relevant national competition authorities.

The European Commission conducted on 10 April 2018 a set of unannounced inspections in several Member States at the premises of companies active in the distribution of media rights and related rights pertaining to various sports events and/or their broadcasting.

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