Sports Law

Competition/Antitrust law

Antitrust law is a particularly important aspect of the sports legal domain. The sports world is generally structured like a pyramid at both national and international level, i.e. there is only one national and one international sports federation for each type of sport. Monopolist federations often fall within the scope of German and/or European antitrust law. Consequently strategic decisions and individual agreements must be reviewed for compliance with antitrust law at an early stage, even more so in view of the fact that the consequences of breaching antitrust law can be very serious.
Advising on antitrust law calls for excellent knowledge of the respective market. Thanks to their many years of experience of providing advice in the field of sport, our lawyers have this knowledge combined with proven expertise in advising on antitrust law.

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Notable cases

  • Advising the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) on antitrust law issues, including the introduction of an official game ball, specifications for the kit worn for matches and rules on federation members taking part in unsanctioned events
  • Advising the International Skating Union (ISU) on assessing the implications of an arbitration agreement and a doping sanction from the perspective of antitrust law
  • Advising an international federation on the requirements under European competition law and the fundamental freedoms of the European market in relation to the exploitation of sports broadcasting rights