Shepard Goldfein and James A. Keyte (ljh)
While relatively rare, negotiating battles between Regional Sports Networks (RSNs)—who presumably have exclusive rights to content for a team or a group of teams—and broadcast distributors can be very frustrating for fans. And, when it does happen, we in the antitrust bar find ourselves fielding the question “isn’t that an antitrust violation to refuse to supply or carry, depending on where the offer is directed?” Two recent disputes offer a window into whether and when antitrust regulators will police negotiations between RSNs and distributors to protect downstream consumers.
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