How UEFA can react to the Super League ruling

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Abstract

According to the European Superleague Company ruling of 21 December 2023, the UEFA rules for the approval of football competitions are inadequate. In search of better rules, this paper proposes three criteria for the approval of competitions: they should (1) improve welfare; (2) reflect the preferences of the consumers (football fans); and (3) be compatible with competition law. All Super Leagues proposed before 2022 would not have met criteria 1 and 3 in any case, as they would have reduced welfare and would have reduced the competition in consumer markets in a way incompatible with competition law. The same holds (or is likely to hold) for the reforms of the Champions League that UEFA has made since 1998 in reaction to threats of big clubs to start a Super League. However, if UEFA improves its own competitions in line with the criteria above, it should be able to outcompete the organizers of alternative competitions.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Sports Law Journal
Early online date27 Feb 2024
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print/First online - 27 Feb 2024

Keywords

  • UT-Hybrid-D

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