SIS/Bookmakers v Turf TV [2008] EWHC 1978 (Ch)

High Court judgment (about 95 pages) rejecting a claim of infringement of Article 81(1) made by bookmakers and their broadcasting suppliers BAGS and SIS against the Racing UK group of racecourses. The issue was the exclusive rights to broadcast races in bookmakers' shops granted by some racecourses to the Turf TV joint venture. SIS was until then the only such broadcaster.

The judge's verdict was:

502. In my judgment, the decision by the 18 operators of the 30 courses to back their joint venture and not undermine it by selling their rights to BAGS or SIS is not an infringement of Article 81(1).

The main findings of fact behind this conclusion appear to be that:

For further information or advice please contact Franck Latrémolière.

Filed under Article 81, Media, UK courts.

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