NFL v. American Needle Resource Page
The US Supreme Court is currently considering a potentially landmark case in North American professional sports, American Needle v. NFL. The case could have a profound affect on sport, and sports fans,in North America. Oral arguments will take place on 13 January 2010. This page contains information for people who are interested in this case.
From the Blogs
- Supreme Court of the United States wiki page on the American Needle v. NFL case.
- United States amicus filing from both the DoJ Antitrust division and FTC. Recommends that the Supreme Court not hear the case.
- US Supreme Court case summary.
- Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals opinion on the case.
- Paper by Vermont Law School professor Michael McCann on American Needle v. NFL forthcoming in the Yale Law Journal. Excellent background reading.
- Article on the case by John O. Gunderson in the Seventh Circuit Review.
- Article by Marc Edelman in the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal arguing that the NFL is not a "single entity."
- July 2009 ESPN story by lester Munson summarizing the case and discussing its implications. The article is over the top, but gets the facts right.
- Sports Business Daily article. Raises the issue that the ESPN article above blows the implications of the case out of proportion.
- Forbes magazine preview of business-related cases before the Supreme Court this term. "The league (NFL) has long been envious of a blanket antitrust exemption granted by an earlier Supreme Court case to Major League Baseball and wants similar protection."
International Perspectives on Sports Leagues and Antitrust
Australian sports economist Robert Macdonald points out that a similar case was heard in Australia in the mid 1990s. The Australian case was based on a rival league competition in Rugby League. The Australian approach to sports leagues and antitrust differs from the North American approach, and provides an interesting contrast. Macdonald points out that this case focused on market definition, and not firm behavior. The two cases approach a similar question from different angles. Below are several links to the Australian case:
Last update: 15 December 2009