State Sports Leagues Can Charge Broadcasters: 7th Circ.

Law360, New York (August 24, 2011, 6:25 PM EDT) -- State-run high school athletic leagues have the right to sell exclusive broadcast contracts, the Seventh Circuit ruled Wednesday, overruling a First Amendment-based challenge from newspaper chain Gannett Co. Inc.

A three-judge panel ruled that government-run athletic leagues were not bound by the First Amendment to let media broadcast their games for free, a rebuke to Gannett and the Wisconsin Newspaper Association. The two had argued that the court should nullify a contract between the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association and an online broadcaster that paid to show...
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