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SBD/Issue 196/Law & Politics
Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Appeal Of NFL Antitrust Case
Published June 30, 2009
|U.S. Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Antitrust
Suit Challenging NFL's Deal With Reebok
WHOLE NEW BALLGAME: Marquette Univ. Law School National Sports Law Institute Dir Matt Mitten noted the case "will be the first time the Supreme Court will consider the merits of the single-entity defense." Mitten added that a favorable court decision "could give the league 'a lot more room not to have to fear suits' on issues such as relocation and team ownership requirements" (USA TODAY, 6/30). Tulane Univ. Sports Law Program Dir Gabe Feldman: "A broad ruling in favor of the NFL could rewrite almost all of sports antitrust law." N.Y.-based attorney Daniel Glazer added that an NFL victory "would represent a significant change." Glazer: "Certain business activities of the NFL would not be subject to antitrust review by the government, and thus be exempt from potential government intervention and oversight" (AP, 6/29).