In Sports, Off-Court Battles Rage Over League Power

Law360, New York (October 16, 2007, 12:00 AM ET) -- When Madison Square Garden LP hit the National Hockey League with a lawsuit last month, it drew renewed attention to the longstanding animosity over where a league's power over its teams ends and just where the line between pro-competitive and anti-competitive policies lies in the sports industry.

Madison Square Garden's lawsuit over whether the NHL has the right to consolidate and link individual team Web sites exemplifies how this tension has increased over the last decade, as the sports industry has funneled its marketing and broadcasting...
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