Court Says NFL Teams Operate As 'Single Entity'

Law360, New York (August 19, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- An appeals court has affirmed a lower court's decision that the National Football League did not violate federal antitrust laws when it granted an exclusive licensing agreement for NFL headwear to Reebok International Ltd. because the league operates as a “single entity” that is immune from antitrust scrutiny.

On Monday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit said that even though the NFL is comprised of 32 separately owned and operated teams, it functions more like one entity with a...
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