MLB, NHL Viewers Press NY Judge To Certify Antitrust Class

By Pete Brush (March 19, 2015, 6:03 PM EDT) -- Fans who say they've been overcharged to watch baseball and hockey as a result of collusion between the two sports' major leagues and broadcasters, including Comcast Corp. and DirecTV LLC, pressed a Manhattan federal judge Thursday to certify an antitrust class — and to leave their expert witness in the proceedings.

The class certification hearing, which also featured extensive and highly technical debate as to the validity of price modeling done by plaintiffs' expert Roger Noll, marked the latest phase of high-stakes twin class action suits before U.S. District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin targeting Major League Baseball and the National Hockey...

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