The federal government’s monopoly commission has criticized the Bundeskartellamt’s stance on the recent award of TV rights to the Bundesliga and the 2nd Bundesliga by the German Football League (DFL).
This emerges from the main report of the committee, from which the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” (Wednesday) quotes. The document will be handed over to Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier (CDU) this Wednesday.
The advisory committee of the federal government criticized above all a lack of competition in the award by the DFL. In June, the league association announced the distribution of TV rights for the seasons 2021/22 to 2024/25 of the Bundesliga and the 2nd Bundesliga. Accordingly, the pay-TV channel Sky and the paid streaming service DAZN split the live broadcast of the games almost completely. The Bundesliga and the 2nd Bundesliga collect a total of 4.4 billion euros in TV money for this period.
The Commission criticizes that there is no competition between Sky and DAZN for individual live games – to the detriment of consumers. The DFL and thus the clubs would also benefit if the separation of the live rights for the games were lifted and the media companies would face greater competition. The Bundeskartellamt in Bonn approved the DFL’s media rights award procedure for the four Bundesliga seasons starting in 2021 in March.
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