Are U.S. Sports Teams Competitors Or Collections of Partners?

Posted by Marty Brochstein on June 29, 2009

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Word has just come down that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a suit by American Needle Inc. that challenges the NFL’s power to grant exclusive licenses on behalf of all its teams violates Federal antitrust law. The case potentially will produce a verdict that affects the four major U.S. sports leagues, all of whom work under a model in which a common entity grants licenses on behalf of all teams as a unit.

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