The Premier League & Sky TV vs Karen Murphy

Never mind yesterday’s match between Chelsea and Arsenal or any other match that any English club will play in this season. Quite possibly the most important match that English football – or at least one part of it – will be played out at the European Court of Justice  in Luxembourg this week as the Premier League and Sky Television go head to head with a Portsmouth landlady who feels that she shouldn’t have to pay the cost that Sky want her to pay to show live football matches in her pub. Should she win her case, it could cause the biggest ructions in British football since the Bosman ruling, which changed the nature of the transfer market forever in 1995. The case is on the surface a very simple one. Murphy’s pub had been showing live football matches on Sky TV but, with her feeling that the cost of continuing to subscribe to Sky was getting too high she purchased a viewing card from and a subcription to a Greek television company called Nova which cost her less than one tenth of the amount of her Sky subscription. However, an enforcement team working behalf of the Premier League visited her premises and in January 2007 she was found guilty of the “fraudulent reception of transmissions” at Portsmouth Magistrates Court. She had to pay £8,000 in costs as a...

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