Competition Economics Blog

An Unusual Historic State Aid Case.

December 14, 2023.

From 1834 to 1848 the Australian penal colony in Port Arthur Tasmania was the location of a major shipyard. The yard had a decided advantage over its commercial rivals, the State provided it with convict labour for free.

Hosting Some Matches in Euro 2028 is Good News – Just Don’t Expect Any Economic Bonanza.

October 16, 2023.

Last week UEFA announced that the Aviva stadium will host six matches in the 2028 European football championships. The Irish Times reported that when the issue was discussed by the Cabinet in April, Minister for Public Expenditure, Paschal Donohoe reportedly expressed concerns that the claimed economic benefit of hosting the matches might be overstated. He was probably right.

Call for agreed Minimum Player Transfer Fees.

July 21, 2022.

Today’s Irish Times contains an interesting story which claims that there had been a call for League of Ireland soccer clubs “to enter a ‘collective agreement’ that establishes a base level on transfer fees.” A collective agreement between League of Ireland clubs to establish a base or minimum transfer fee for selling their players. What could possibly go wrong?

Are Rugby Teams’ Maximisers?

February 20, 2022.

Ireland’s decision to take three points rather than go for seven in closing minutes against France – an economic viewpoint.

2021 – A busy year for mergers.

January 28, 2022.

The CCPC Annual Merger Report for 2021 – some key takeaways.

US Court Dismisses Facebook Antitrust Case.

July 7, 2021

Setback for FTC challenge of Instagram and What’s App acquisitions.

Why minimum Unit pricing of alcohol is a bad idea

June 11,2021

Boosting drink industry profits not the best way to reduce consumption.

Competition Law and the european super league.

May 4, 2021

What Was The European Super League? * The Economics Of Professional Sports * Competition Law And Sports * Why Can’t I Watch All The Matches On One Channel?

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