US: Antitrust law and sport: American Needle v NFL
American Needle is a sportswear manufacturer that challenged the National Football League's (NFL) exclusive merchandising deal with Reebok as a violation of US antitrust law under the Sherman Act. The Seventh Circuit recently held that the NFL is immune from scrutiny under Section 1 of the Sherman Act when collectively licensing their intellectual property rights. Gabe Feldman, an Associate Professor and Director of the Tulane Sports Law Program at Tulane Law School, examines the implications should the NFL and other sports organisations be successful in getting the Supreme Court to grant Section 1 protection to sporting leagues.
The full version of this article appears in the October edition of World Sports Law Report.