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Brazil Probes Soccer Media Giant Globo

 |  September 29, 2020

Brazil’s national competition regulator, CADE, has opened an investigation into potential monopolistic practices conducted by media group Globo in the domestic football rights market, reported Sport Business

CADE, which is an agency of the Brazilian government, has opened the probe following a complaint from an unnamed club. Given the complaint came from a single source, CADE has stated it needs to investigate and gather testimony from those directly involved.

Citing extracts from the CADE technical filing, the UOL Esporte website revealed that the regulator is taking action due to indications of monopolistic practice across multiple fronts. Chiefly, these involve Globo’s disputes with pay-television broadcaster Turner and Campeonato Brasileiro Série A club Flamengo.

Globo last month filed its latest claim against Turner after alleging that the broadcaster had illegally acquired rights to a number of Série A matches. Globo’s claim was filed in Rio de Janeiro’s Third Civil Court and demanded that Turner is banned from broadcasting any matches involving teams that have pay-television broadcast deals with the media group.

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