Madrid, Barcelona among those fined over TV rights

The Spanish competition commission has fined Real Madrid,

Barcelona, Sevilla, Racing Santander and a major broadcaster $20

million for a ”serious” violation of television rights sales.

The hefty penalties were given to Mediapro and the four clubs

for agreeing to four-year contracts on TV rights when only three

years is allowed.

Mediapro must pay $8.8 million, while Real Madrid was fined $5.3

million, Barcelona $4.9 million, Sevilla $1.2 million and Santander


Mediapro, which shares the rights to Spanish league matches with

Canal Plus, says it will appeal the ruling.

In Spain, individual clubs reach TV rights deals with

broadcasters instead of using collective bargaining.