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Premier League Exclusive TV Deals Breach EU Rules

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The Premier League’s exclusive contracts with broadcasters such as British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc to televise its soccer matches aren’t lawful, an adviser to the European Union’s highest court said.

“Territorial exclusivity agreements relating to the transmission of football matches are contrary to” EU law, Advocate General Juliane Kokott of the European Court of Justice said in a non-binding opinion today. The Luxembourg-based EU court that she advises follows such opinions in most cases.