Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

League Tighten TV Deal Rules

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

League Tighten TV Deal Rules

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EUROPEAN broadcasters are to be restricted to showing one live match only on Saturday afternoons as the Premier League fights back in its effort to prevent pubs in England showing the games using foreign decoders.

TV stations on the Continent will also not be permitted to have commentary in English. It follows last year's High Court victory for Portsmouth pub landlady Karen Murphy, who overturned her conviction for using a cut-price Greek satellite decoder to air Premier League matches.

Some top-flight clubs, including Sunderland, have claimed attendances suffer badly from pubs in the city showing home matches live via foreign satellite decoders. The new rules for European broadcasters mean pubs will not be able to show any match they choose even if they have a foreign decoder.

Although the league lost the High Court case, it claimed a partial victory after the European Court of Justice ruled it could take legal action for breach of copyright for clips such as opening video sequences, graphics and highlights of previous matches. …

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