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.