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How the collective sale of broadcasting rights works in Turkish football

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Friday, 06 October 2017 By Emin Ozkurt

The Turkish Football Federation recently completed its latest tender process for broadcasting rights[1].  Turkey’s pay-TV operator Digiturk, now owned by Qatar’s beIN Group, overcame rival platform Turkcell Superonline to acquire the rights to broadcast Turkish league football for a five-year period for $500 million (expected to reach $600 million with tax).  The acquisition means that the Turkish Super League retains its position as Europe's sixth biggest league by value of broadcasting rights (see table at the end of this article).

In this context, this article explains:

  • The legal framework for the sale of broadcasting rights in Turkey;
  • The recent broadcasting rights tender and the distribution of income;

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Emin Ozkurt

Emin Ozkurt

Managing Partner, Ozkurt Law Offices

Emin Ozkurt is a Turkish lawyer and a managing partner in Ozkurt Law Offices.

Emin holds a degree from the University of Istanbul, Faculty of Law and also has an LL.M from The University of Manchester in International Business Law.

Emin is an internationally recognized authority on sports law and is the sole Turkish Arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Emin Ozkurt is also one of the founding Arbitrators at the newly created EuroLeague Arbitration Panel namely as EuroLeague Basketball Dispute Resolution Chamber. At this Arbitration Tribunal, Emin will be one of the very few (seven/eight) arbitrators to resolve contractual disputes between clubs and head coaches at EuroLeague.
Moreover, Emin is one of the few founding arbitrators at the Qatar Sports Arbitration Tribunal (QSAT). QSAT aims to provide parties with an efficient and effective mechanism for resolving sports-related disputes through arbitration and mediation. Emin Ozkurt is amongst these 30 international Arbitrators at QSAT.

Emin Ozkurt is also one of the leading voices in the emerging area of esports. He is the Legal Director of Turkish Esport Federation. He is responsible for legally drafting the regulations on esports in Turkey and leading the legal scene in this field.

He also has extensive experience in sports-related disputes. Throughout his career, Emin has acted for athletes, coaches, agents and clubs in a variety of different matters, including contractual claims, doping infractions and disciplinary appeals.  

Emin also has appeared before FIFA's Dispute Resolution Chamber (FIFA DRC), UEFA Disciplinary Bodies, Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT), Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), Swiss Federal Tribunal and also before the Turkish Sporting Bodies for sport related disputes.

Furthermore, Emin Ozkurt is a professor in sports law and gives lectures on sports at many venues such as Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía (ISDE) Master in International Sports Law, Union of Turkish Bars and also many Universities in Turkey. 

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