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Hecht v. Pro-Football, Inc. (Washington Redskins)
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
570 F.2d 982 (D.C. Cir. 1977)
In 1965, the American Football League (AFL) owners wanted to expand its eight-team venture into two new cities, including Washington, D.C., which had a National Football League (NFL) team at that time, the Washington Redskins, owned by Pro-Football, Inc. (defendant). Hecht (plaintiff) and his partners sought a stadium in Washington, D.C., in which an AFL team could play. The only facility in the area, RFK Stadium, was under a 30-year lease from the U.S. Government to the Redskins. Although the federal Interior Department was willing to offer a lease to an AFL franchise in Washington, D.C., the Redskins refused. Hecht brought suit against the Redskins and the NFL, alleging violations of § 2 of the Sherman Act. A jury found for the Redskins and the NFL and Hecht appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Wilkey, J.)
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