‘Listing’ of major events: UEFA and FIFA’s failed challenge | Daniel Geey | The Final Score on Football Law: "The EU’s Television Without Frontiers Directive, as amended by the Audio Visual Media Services Directive, provides the legal basis for Member States to compile lists of designated events that are of major importance to citizens.
It should be noted that there is no obligation on Member States to introduce listed events legislation and supply a list to the Commission.
From previous research it appears that only Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and the UK have a list system in place.
The only constant in each of the submitted Member State lists are the World Cup and European Championships. Crucially, the UK list – for example – reserves every World Cup and EURO match collectively as broadcasts of major cultural importance to the UK. " 'via Blog this'