Spain Limits Exclusive Contracts For Soccer Broadcasts

Law360, New York (April 16, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT) -- Spain's antitrust watchdog has barred soccer teams from giving broadcasters exclusive rights to televise their games for more than three seasons at a time, ruling that longer contracts inhibit competition.

Current contracts that cover more than three seasons can remain in place as long as they do not run beyond the 2011-2012 season, the country's National Competition Commission, or CNC, said Friday.

The CNC also fined several broadcasters €425,000 ($574,090) for agreeing not to compete for the soccer television rights.

The decision, issued Wednesday, stems from...
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