Sports equipment sector: anti-competitive practices

The CMA is investigating a suspected breach of competition law in the sports equipment sector under Chapter I of CA98 and Article 101 of TFEU.

Case timetable

Date Action
September to October 2016 (estimate) Receipt of written and oral representations on the statement of objections
August 2016 Statement of objections re-issued
June 2016 Statement of objections issued
November 2015 to June 2016 Initial investigation: information gathering, including issuance of formal or informal information requests and parties’ responses. CMA analysis and review of parties’ responses to information requests. Decision taken to issue statement of objections.
November 2015 Investigation opened

Statement of objections

9 June 2016: The CMA has alleged that Ping has breached UK and EU competition law by operating an online sales ban.


The investigation is under Chapter I of the Competition Act 1998 and Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

No conclusion should be drawn that there has been an infringement of competition law at this stage and the recipients of the statement of objections will now have an opportunity to respond to the allegations.

The CMA will consider any representations it receives before any decision is taken as to whether competition law has in fact been infringed.

Further detail of the CMA’s procedures in Competition Act 1998 cases is available here: CMA’s procedures in Competition Act cases.


Assistant project director

April Carr (0203 738 6204,

Project director

Sue Aspinall (0203 738 6788,

Senior responsible officer

Ann Pope (0203 738 6786,

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