Today's formal opinion by the European Advocate General Julianne Kokott, in favour of Karen Murphy, the Hampshire licensee who has been battling the Premier League and Sky is a boost to struggling pubs.
Although not binding on the judges hearing Karen's case in the European Court of Justice, I certainly hope they follow the lead of the EU's foremost lawyer.
For too long Sky and Premier have ridden rough-shod over the UK pub industry whilst squeezing ever exorbitant fess from cash-strapped publicans.
I, for one, ditched Sky and bought a foreign system some 18 months ago and the savings were some £15,000 p.a. - with the added benefit that the matches we chose to show were unencumbered by the inane ramblings of "experts" and pundits.
Congratulations on this significant step toward clearing your name Karen, your fortitude and courage are an example to us all on not taking it up the a**e from big business anymore!