Sports can benefit from competition law

Sports organisations have evolved into governing bodies and commercial entities capable of making deals that may be too big

18th September, 2016
The Olympics gone by will be remembered for the ticket scandal involving Pat Hickey

As the investigations continue into recent events in Rio regarding ticketing arrangements at the Olympic Games, it is interesting to consider the role of sports governing bodies and question how they came to occupy such powerful positions from a competition law perspective.

An aim of competition law is to prevent the negative effects of market power accumulating in the hands of the few. The thinking is that competition leads to more innovation and efficiency and...

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