Tag Archives: Antitrust

Jerry: Jonesing for a Fight

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Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, has made no secret to fellow owners, players, fans, and the general public that he is displeased with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. About two weeks ago, Jones threatened to sue the league if Goodell’s contract is extended. In response, fellow owners sent a letter to Jones, scolding him […]

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DoJ Throws Wrench in AT&T – Time Warner Merger

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Until last week, it was expected that AT&T’s pending $85.4 billion mega acquisition of Time Warner would close by the end of the year. After almost a year of review, however, the Justice Department has cast doubt on the deal. Late last week, in meetings with AT&T, the Justice Department pressured AT&T to sell Time […]

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Blocking Goodell’s Go-Ahead Contract Extension

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According to Sports Illustrated, Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, has threatened to sue the National Football League (“NFL”) and other NFL franchise owners. Specifically, he has threatened to sue the owners of the Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, Houston Texans, New York Giants, and Pittsburgh Steelers, all members of the […]

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NASL and USSF Take the Pitch

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On Tuesday October 31, North American Soccer League asked U.S. District Judge Margo K. Brodie to issue a preliminary injunction blocking a denial of its Division II application by the U.S. Soccer Federation. The hearing arose out of NASL’s September antitrust suit against USSF and its alleged co-conspirators Major League Soccer, Soccer United Marketing, and […]

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1st & Goal for the College Athletes’ Rights

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Annapolis, Md. (Sept. 23, 2006) - Navy slot back Shun White, #26 scores Navy's first touchdown on a 26-yard run in the second quarter. Navy lost 24-23 against the University of TulsaÕs Golden Hurricanes in the first overtime game in Academy history. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Seaman Christopher Lussier (RELEASED)

When the United States Supreme Court denies certiorari (cert.) to a case ruling that a large nonprofit organization is subject to federal antitrust laws, most in the sports world don’t pay close attention. On October 3rd, 2016, however, the U.S. Supreme Court grabbed the attention of the sports world by denying cert. in O’bannon v. […]

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Ticketmaster and Facebook Join Forces – Collusive or Collaborative?

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Ticketmaster and Facebook have announced a new joint venture between these two industry-leading companies, where fans will be able to buy tickets from Ticketmaster directly through Facebook’s user interface. According to the announcement, the service will be rolled out as soon as the end of April 2016. Due to a “growing number of mobile-addicted fans,” […]

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Interview with Dr. hab. Marek Krzysztof Kolasiński

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The Journal on Sports and Entertainment Law recently sat down with Professor Marek Krzysztof Kolasiński, Professor at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, to discuss the application of competition (antitrust) law to European sports leagues. Professor Kolasiński explores this topic in his article, “Influence of the Private enforcement of Competition Law on Sport in the European Union […]

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Germany Fights Facebook’s Data Use With Anti-Trust Allegations

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The German federal competition authority, also known as the Bundeskartellamt, has begun proceedings to investigate Facebook’s data harvesting practices. However, the grounds for the investigation are not data protection, they are antitrust. Specifically, Germany alleges that Facebook’s terms and conditions, as they relate to its use of user data, are unlawful, and because they must […]

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Wrigley Rooftop Owners Denied Preliminary Injunction

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  According to the Chicago Tribune, U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall denied a request for a preliminary injunction that would have halted construction of video boards and outfield advertising signs as part of the Chicago Cub’s $375 Million renovation plan for Wrigley Field. Rooftop operators beyond left field, who sell season tickets to watch the Cubs games from […]

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MLB Not Granted Interlocutory Appeal in TV Rights Case

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals decided not to intervene in a pending antitrust lawsuit against MLB, DirecTV, and Comcast brought by fans who felt that they were overcharged for out of market games. The District Court previously denied MLB’s motion for summary judgment, ruling that MLB’s long held antitrust exemption does not […]

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