A federal appeals court reinstated a class action alleging the National Football League and DirecTV conspired to monopolize the market for live television broadcasts of professional football games through their “Sunday Ticket” subscription package.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed dismissal of the case, adopting a different view that the case was akin to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1984 decision in National Collegiate Athletic Association v. Board of Regents, which held that the NCAA had violated antitrust laws by restricting the output of its broadcast games.
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