NFL, DirecTV Hit With Antitrust Suit Over Broadcast Deals

Law360, Los Angeles (June 18, 2015, 4:50 PM EDT) -- The National Football League Inc. and DirecTV LLC were hit with a proposed class action in California federal court on Wednesday alleging their sports-broadcasting agreements prevent competition, amid similar suits filed against the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball.

Football fan Thomas Abrahamian, the lead plaintiff in the instant complaint, claimed the NFL and DirecTV have used agreements to “black out” coverage of live sporting events in a way that shielded regional television networks from competition.

In exchange for being granted anti-competitive protections in their own home market, NFL teams and their partners agree not to compete in the other...

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