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 13: Application of EU competition rules to sport

Erika Szyszczak


The application of competition law to sport in EU law has had an ambiguous relationship. Successfully using the shields of the specificity of sport and the autonomy of sport the rules and activities of sports governing bodies (SGB) have, until recently, appeared immune from scrutiny under the EU competition rules. An increase in challenges to the SGB at the national level has opened up the possibility of using EU competition law to challenge alleged restrictions on the autonomy of individual athletes to determine when and how they practice their professional skills. The European Commission has also taken an interest in this issue, opening an investigation into the activities of the International Skating Union. The chapter examines whether competition law is the best tool to address the regulation of SGB and sport in general.

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