The leagues have charged for publication of the fixtures since 1960.
- Under UK competition law all sectors of the same market have to be treated equally – there is no defined carve out for “not for profit” or “blogs”
- Therefore if the leagues want to continue to charge for use of fixtures to commercial sites they have to use the same rules for all sites competing for eyeballs on the web
- There is no legal definition of “not for profit” but there is a registered charity status which one can apply for and we would honour a charity discount (10%)
- There is no problem in mentioning past fixtures once they have been played, or league tables – at the moment the leagues allow free use of these.
- You can also mention the next fixture provided it is in the form of an editorial preview article (you cannot string a series of future fixtures together in a pseudo article).
- You cannot show a list of future fixtures without the appropriate licence otherwise we will chase you to remove the future fixtures
- You will need the permission of Arsenal before you can purchase a licence – the cost of the licence is £1.00 + VAT if Arsenal award you “nominated fanzine” status (they can only award this once per season).
- A single club’s fixtures cost £266 +VAT for editorial use, with the club’s permission.