Sports media and broadcasting
Produced in partnership with Jon Higton of Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
Sports media and broadcasting

The following TMT practice note produced in partnership with Jon Higton of Charles Russell Speechlys LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Sports media and broadcasting
  • What are sports media rights?
  • Content creation
  • Sports media rights licences
  • The programming
  • The rights
  • Payment
  • Broadcast sponsorship and commercial airtime—restrictions and opportunities
  • Exclusivity
  • Commercial carve-outs from exclusivity
  • More...

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for TMT?

It is common to hear or see commentators in the media refer to ‘media rights’ or ‘broadcast rights’ to a sports event, particularly where huge sums of money are paid for these ‘rights’ as with the FA Premier League. The purpose of this Practice Note is to examine and explain the key elements underpinning the creation, exploitation and protection of these rights from both commercial and contractual standpoints.

What are sports media rights?

Many entities organise and/or stage sports events including international and national governing sports bodies, companies set up to run particular competitions, promoters or simply the owners of venues. For the purposes of this Practice Note, we will refer to them as the ‘rights owner’.

English law does not recognise any standalone protectable proprietary rights in a sports event. The Australian case Victoria Park Racing & Recreation Grounds v Taylor [1937] HCA

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