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 14: European law and the governance of sport

Borja García and Mads de Wolff

Abstract

This chapter analyses the cumulative effect of EU policies and regulatory decisions in the governance structures of European sport. It adopts a historical approach to describe the impact on sports governance of European Court rulings, European Commission competition decision and other Council and European Parliament documents. The chapter argues that EU decisions have contributed to a fundamental change in European sport’s systemic governance, where the power, legitimacy and authority of federations and governing bodies has been reduced. EU legal and policy decisions have contributed to reconfigure the so-called European Model of Sport. The chapter also looks at the importance of EU law and policy for setting good governance principles in the sports sector, a priority of the latest EU Work Programmes in the area of sport under Article 165 TFEU.

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