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Chicago Professional Sports Ltd. Partnership & WGN v. National Basketball Association

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
95 F.3d 593 (1996)


Facts

The Chicago Professional Sports Ltd. Partnership (the Partnership) (plaintiff), operators of the Chicago Bulls basketball team, wanted to increase television coverage of Bulls games, featuring its star player, Michael Jordan. The Partnership got together with WGN (plaintiff), a local Chicago television “superstation” to carry the telecasts into homes of cable and satellite customers across the country. The National Basketball Association (NBA) (defendant) sought to block the increase in the number of broadcasts. The Partnership and WGN filed suit against the NBA alleging violations of antitrust laws. The district court held that the NBA was not a single entity because the NBA and its member teams did not have the same interests. The NBA appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Easterbrook, J.)

Concurrence (Cudahy, J.)

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