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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 (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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