Research Handbook on EU Sports Law and Policy
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Research Handbook on EU Sports Law and Policy

Edited by Jack Anderson, Richard Parrish and Borja García

The EU’s influence on sport has traditionally focused on the socio-economic and cultural impact. This Research Handbook on EU Sports Law explores the development of the 'European dimension' in sport, and the concomitant legal issues including, competition law, state aid and free movement of persons. The application of such areas of EU law to sport and the influence of EU law on key policy issues such as, doping, match-fixing and governance, are detailed in this comprehensive collection. The topical chapters by experts in their field, also touch upon the future evolution of EU sports law.
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Chapter 10: State aid and sport

Andrea Cattaneo


In times of economic difficulties, sport looks for various streams of revenues and funding, and in some cases, turning to public bodies represents the only viable solution. In turn, funding of sport enterprises and professional clubs may pursue public policy objectives or may be used as a political tool for local municipalities and national governments. However, EU law has to protect the competition on the internal market, even against measures taken by Member States. Article 107 TFEU prohibits any type of public measures granted by Member States which distort or threaten to distort competition by favouring certain undertakings or the production of certain goods. This chapter offers an overview of the recent Decisions of the EU Commission on the legality of measures granted by Member States to fund professional sport clubs. Moreover, the chapter discuss the General Block Exempting Regulation for funding of multi-functional arenas.

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