's Federal Cartel Office, or the Bundeskartellamtprohibited a single buyer from having exclusive broadcast rights to allBundesliga soccer matches, starting from the 2017-18 season onwards, theregulator said April 11.
Thedecision is expected to hit Skyplc's Sky DeutschlandGmbH, which currently holds all live rights to the matches, Reutersreported the same day.
Sky paid€2.5 billion for the deal back in 2012, according to the report.
Both theGerman League Association and the German Football League, or DFL, agreed to thenew rules.
The DFLpreviously opposedthe then-proposed regulation.
Out of atotal 306, the regulator wants between 30 to 102 matches to be awarded to analternative bidder.
BundeskartellamtPresident Andreas Mundt said a monopoly of the Bundesliga TV rights will stifleinnovation among media platforms, including online services.