Supreme Court lets antitrust lawsuit against NFL move forward

A lower court ruled that the NFL’s broadcast contract with DirecTV may limit competition in violation of federal law.

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The Supreme Court said an antitrust lawsuit against the NFL and DirecTV can move forward.

The Supreme Court said an antitrust lawsuit against the NFL and DirecTV can move forward.

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Monday an antitrust challenge to the way the National Football League sells the rights to telecasts of pro football games can go forward.

The league’s 32 teams pool the rights to telecast their games, negotiating packages with the major networks as well as the DirecTV satellite service. The lawsuit was filed by businesses and individuals who say they purchased a package of games from DirecTV. A lower court ruled that the NFL’s contract with DirecTV may limit competition in violation of federal law. The arrangement has been in place for more than 25 years.

Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote that in rejecting the NFL’s appeal at this early stage of the lawsuit, the high court was not necessarily endorsing the claims. “In sum, the defendants —the NFL, its teams, and DirecTV —have substantial arguments on the law. If the defendants do not prevail at summary judgment or at trial, they may raise those legal arguments again” in a new appeal to the Supreme Court, Kavanaugh wrote.

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