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Volume: 15 Issue: 6
(June 2017)

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The Spanish Competition Authority fines the ACB basketball League: analysis

In late April 2017, the Spanish Competition Authority (‘SCA,’ Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia) published its decision following its investigation into the league running Spain’s national first division of professional basketball, known as the ACB (Asociación de Clubes de Baloncesto or the Basketball Clubs Association). The SCA imposed a fine of €400,000 on the ACB League for impairing access by basketball teams that had won promotion to the first division from the second tier (Liga LEB ORO) but have never before participated in the ACB League. José Páez, Lawyer at Nebot & Páez Abogados, provides detailed analysis of the SCA’s decision and the wider impact.

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