NFL, DirecTV Face Revived Antitrust Suit Over Telecasts of Out-of-Market Games – Hollywood Reporter


The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a decision to end a nationwide class-action lawsuit over "Sunday Ticket."

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What would the television market look like if the NFL couldn’t pool all of the league’s out-of-market games and sell them as a package? What if NFL teams competed against each other and made their own TV deals? These provocative questions will be moving forward in a court of law thanks to a potentially huge decision on Tuesday from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Subscribers of DirecTV’s “Sunday Ticket” are challenging the league’s dealmaking in a bold antitrust case. The action was dismissed by a federal judge two years ago who rejected the proposition that restraining broadcasts of out-of-market games resulted in less output and higher prices.

Today, 9th Circuit Judge Sandra Ikuta leads a majority decision reversing the dismissal.

Here’s the opinion.

More to come.


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