Monthly Archive: June 2009

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

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


First Impressions of Licensing Expo

Some initial observations having arrived home from “Licensing Camp” — the first Las Vegas-staged Licensing International Expo: 1. I call it Licensing Camp because, for better or worse, that’s what the week often seemed like. The Mandalay Bay complex, stretching from the Luxor through the Convention Center, was the literal center of the licensing universe. Both good and bad behavior