The plaintiffs have cleared another significant hurdle in the class action consumer antitrust suit that accuses the National Football League and its member teams of fixing the price of the “NFL Sunday Ticket” now that a federal judge has refused to toss out all claims for monetary damages.

The suit, which was filed in 1997 on behalf of satellite TV viewers, cleared its first major hurdle in April 1999 when the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that professional bartball’s exemption from antitrust laws does not extend to satellite broadcasts.

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