German cartel office seeks Bundesliga broadcast rights reform - FAZ

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's Federal Cartel Office wants to introduce a "no single buyer" rule when it awards broadcasting rights for the 2017/2018 Bundesliga football season, potentially dealing a blow to Sky Deutschland, Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung said.

The cartel office is pushing the German Football League to modify the way it auctions the rights, demanding a new rule which would prevent a single broadcaster from getting all the live games, the paper said, citing sources close to media companies.

Such a rule could hit the business model of Sky Deutschland which currently holds the sole rights to games in the first and second Bundesliga, the paper said. Sky Deutschland, along with Britain's BSkyB and Sky Italia, is part of European pay-TV group Sky Plc, which is 39 percent owned by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox.

(Reporting by Edward Taylor; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Next In Football

The game changer
Japan make semis as Spain survive late scare
Silva steals show in big win for JDT
Soccer-Villa reach agreement with Leverkusen over Bailey transfer
Soccer-Tebas dismisses court ruling asking UEFA to revoke action against Super League trio
Olympics-Soccer-Spain overcome Ivory Coast in extra time to reach semis
Elephants look to M&M's to add bite in Super League challenge
Soccer-Super League trio welcome court decision asking UEFA to revoke action
Perak coach: Show same fighting spirit against JDT
Soccer-Arsenal sign England defender White from Brighton on long-term deal

Stories You'll Enjoy