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Chicago Professional Sports, Ltd. Partnership & WGN v. National Basketball Association (Bulls II)

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


Facts

In Bulls I, the court of appeals’ affirmed that the Chicago Bulls (the Bulls), owned by Chicago Professional Sports, Ltd. (plaintiff) and Chicago “superstation” WGN (plaintiff) were authorized by injunction to broadcast 25 or 30 games per year. Since that decision in 1992, the Bulls and WGN wanted to broadcast even more games and the NBA wanted to impose a “tax” on the games broadcast by all superstations to a national audience. After a nine-week trial, the district court made the 30-game allowance permanent and held the NBA’s $138,000 per game “tax” excessive. The Bulls and WGN appealed, claiming it should be allowed to broadcast 41 games per year. The NBA appealed, arguing that the antitrust laws permit it to fix a lower number of games to be broadcast and to collect the tax it proposed.

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