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

Posted by Marty Brochstein on June 29, 2009

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.

See an Associated Press report at http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4294204