Supreme Court Weighs Single Entity Treatment for Pro Sports Leagues

On January 13, 2010, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in American Needle v. National Football League, Case No. 08-661, which concerns whether the teams belonging to the National Football League should be treated as a single entity or as thirty-two independent entities for antitrust purposes. If the former view were to be adopted in this case, the teams in the NFL possibly could enjoy immunity from lawsuits brought under Section 1 of the Sherman Act, which only applies to combinations of two or more entities.

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