PL auction over, regulatory questions remain

6 March 2015

The record £1,712 million to be spent yearly on live TV rights to the PL from 2016/17, about equal to the entire BBC TV programming budget, has hammered home the continuing importance of premium sports, especially PL football, in cementing scale in pay-TV

Several regulatory processes are still in play that could influence market developments over the next few years. We expect Ofcom’s WMO remedy to continue in close to its present form, while the VULA margin squeeze sets significant restraints on BT Sport over rights payments

Although the Virgin Media complaint to Ofcom has raised genuine competition concerns over the design of the PL auction, which the regulator is investigating, we see little opportunity for significant intervention

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