The International Sports Law Journal

, Volume 14, Issue 3–4, pp 167–178 | Cite as

Media rights and online betting in football matches under Portuguese law

  • Alexandre L. Dias Pereira


Football is a major point of interest for media and entertainment industries. More recently, the market evolved to online betting in webcasted football matches. This phenomenon challenges the ability of the legal system to cope with the evolution of technologies. This paper addresses legal issues raised by online betting in football matches under Portuguese law, such as, notably, the protection of football matches under copyright and related rights and the rights of image of sports professionals concerned with football broadcasts, as well as the relation between exclusive media rights in sports events and freedom of information, competition law concerns, and the specific regulation of online betting services. In general, despite many issues have not yet been harmonized at the European level, the Portuguese legal framework is similar to other Member States of the European Union. Notwithstanding, for the improvement of the digital single market, it might be useful to have common regulations concerning exclusive media rights and the exploitation of online betting in football matches.


Football Copyright and related rights Media rights Competition law Online betting 


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© T.M.C. Asser Instituut 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversity of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal

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