Court ruling alters soccer broadcasts

European Court upheld use of broadcast decoders in U.K.

The European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that the current system of handling soccer television rights in the European Union conflicts with the single market and competition law of the country, and could have a significant impact on how broadcasters televise European soccer throughout the world.

The ruling resulted from a case against Karen Murphy, a pub owner in Portsmouth, England. Murphy showed customers Premier League soccer matches using a decoder card she purchased from a provider in Greece, rather than one from the British Sky Broadcasting Group, which holds the rights to almost all games shown in the U.K, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Danielle Feinstein

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