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Competition and Professional Sports – OECD – December 2023 OECD discussion

This presentation by the OECD Secretariat was made during the discussion “Competition and Professional Sports” held at the 76th meeting of the OECD Working Party No. 2 on Competition and Regulation on 4 December 2023. More papers and presentations on the topic can be found out at oe.cd/capfs. This presentation was uploaded with the author’s consent.

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Competition and
Professional Sports
Working Party No. 2
Paris, 4 December 2023
Marcelo Guimaraes
OECD Competition Division
Professional sports industry
• Special link with social and cultural life
• Unique relationship between consumers and suppliers
• Specific economics (sports competition)
• Distinctive governance model
• Subject to competition law
Main competition issues
Organisation of sports leagues
• Monopoly or competitive market?
• Anti-competitive behaviours against competing leagues
and clubs/athletes
Sports labour markets
• No-poach and wage-fixing agreements
• Transfer rules
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Competition and Professional Sports – OECD – December 2023 OECD discussion

  • 1. Competition and Professional Sports Working Party No. 2 Paris, 4 December 2023 Marcelo Guimaraes OECD Competition Division
  • 2. Professional sports industry • Special link with social and cultural life • Unique relationship between consumers and suppliers • Specific economics (sports competition) • Distinctive governance model • Subject to competition law
  • 3. Main competition issues Organisation of sports leagues • Monopoly or competitive market? • Anti-competitive behaviours against competing leagues and clubs/athletes Sports labour markets • No-poach and wage-fixing agreements • Transfer rules