NBC Sports' Purchase Of EZLinks Deserves Antitrust Scrutiny

By Andre Barlow (June 9, 2020, 5:02 PM EDT) -- Few missions are as important to the U.S. antitrust agencies as preventing anti-competitive mergers. But sometimes, for whatever reason, anti-competitive mergers do slip under the agencies' radar.

Though a merger may have closed without being thoroughly vetted, the antitrust agencies have jurisdiction to challenge any transaction that may substantially lessen competition. Indeed, the Federal Trade Commission[1] and the U.S. Department of Justice[2] have a strong record of challenging and unwinding consummated mergers that raise serious competition concerns.

As the role of technology in the economy grows more important every day, the antitrust agencies have stepped up their efforts to investigate and...

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