Should pubs be free to screen Premier League games using cheap foreign satellite TV?
Broadcasters cannot stop customers using cheaper foreign satellite TV services to watch Premier League football, an EU legal adviser has said.
A non-binding opinion from advocate Juliane Kokott of the European Court of Justice said a block breached EU laws.
Portsmouth pub landlady Karen Murphy, fined for using a Greek service, had argued the EU single market should let her use any European provider.
Sky and ESPN have the broadcast rights to Premier League football in the UK.
Sky has pumped billions into top flight English football since the league was founded in 1992, with the money given to clubs allowing them to buy some of the top names in the world.
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) will make a ruling on the matter later this year.