Fraser v. Major League Soccer
United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
284 F.3d 47 (2002)
Major League Soccer (MLS) (defendant) possessed the sole responsibility and power to recruit players, negotiate their salaries, pay the players from league funds, and to a large extent determine which team each player would be assigned to. For example, big name players would not reside on one team. Rather, these “marquee” players would be spread among many teams. Fraser (plaintiff), an MLS player, objected to the breadth of MLS’s control over his profession and he and several other players brought suit against MLS alleging violations of § 1 and § 2 of the Sherman Act and § 7 of the Clayton Act. The district court jury held for MLS and Fraser appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Boudin, J.)
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