What do football, golf, ice skating and padel have in common? Antitrust disputes!

You might have heard about Tiger Woods being offered up to USD 800 million to join the LIV golf tour, about Real Madrid, Juventus Turin and others intending to form the “Super League”, about ice skaters being prevented to join a certain tournament, or about two federations in the sport of padel clashing with each … Continue reading What do football, golf, ice skating and padel have in common? Antitrust disputes!

A new game to play? Current and upcoming antitrust issues in sports

We blogged about acquisitions of football clubs and the German 50+1 rule a while ago. But there are far more antitrust aspects clubs, associations and organisations should keep in mind. This post gives an overview of recent developments and outlines what it means to play fair and square in antitrust terms. Whilst cooperations between competitors, … Continue reading A new game to play? Current and upcoming antitrust issues in sports

Newcastle, MBS & 50+1 – How does antitrust come into play?

With Newcastle United having been acquired by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund and many commentators highlighting that something similar could not happen in Germany, we will check whether and how antitrust comes into play when it comes to the acquisition of football clubs. For many years, English football fans have been used to “grief and … Continue reading Newcastle, MBS & 50+1 – How does antitrust come into play?