Fans Slap NHL, TV Cos. With Antitrust Suit Over Blackouts

Law360, New York (March 14, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT) -- Hockey fans on Monday hit the league, its teams, and DirecTV and Comcast Corp. with a proposed class action accusing them of conspiring to “black out” coverage of live hockey games in an effort to unlawfully shield local television markets from competition.

In a complaint filed in New York federal court, three hockey fans alleged that the league's governing structure involves anti-competitive agreements that prevent outside broadcasts of live men's hockey games over the Internet and television, in violation of the Sherman Act.

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