An Analysis of the Interrelationship of Competition Law & Sports in India through Emerging Landmark Case Laws

Naman Khanna
Symbiosis Law School, Pune, India.

Volume III, Issue V, 2020

There has been a surprisingly remarkable development in the organized sporting industry in India and around the globe. Predominantly, professional sports not only have existed for a long time but have actually evolved in terms of capital invested and their impact on society. The largely competitive sports, from the other extreme, have followed traditionally unheard styles. Electronic sports, for example, is an emerging sector which has only just achieved prominence and it is already generating financial success on a global scale. It is essential that the legislation governing it evolves appropriately, with the world of sports continually changing and looking to diversify. For years, competition law has governed the realm of sports and athletics, and over time, the interaction of the two areas has evolved dramatically. This paper would address the relationship between sports and competition law as well as its progression. The interrelationship will be discussed mainly through the help of three major case laws involving the intervention of the Competition Commission of India in the IPL, AFI and AICF cases. Through the help of these pivotal cases, the relationship is further analysed from the perspective of accountability and understanding the pyramidical structure involved in sports and the key to its solution. The research paper discusses what the future holds before concluding by providing suggestions as to how the improvement of the interface between competition law and sports can lead to the advancement of the latter