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 16: European model of sport: alternative structures

Katarina Pijetlovic


The forthcoming Commission decision in ISU case is expected to leave an important precedent on alternative ways to organise those European sports that are subject to pyramid structure. This structure typically confers the monopolistic position to sports governing bodies and enables the conflation of their regulatory and commercial functions resulting in potential foreclosure of the organisational market. The legality of clauses in governing bodies’ rulebooks that make it impossible in practice to stage a rival competition or organise an alternative league are at the heart of the impending ISU decision. This chapter critically analyses the EU competition law and jurisprudence applicable to the legal issues posed by such clauses, including ISU, Meca-Medina, DLG, MOTO, FIA/Formula One, Euroleague Basketball v. FIBA and FIBA Europe and FIBA v Euroleague Commercial Assets.

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