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Mackey v. National Football League (Part I)
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
543 F.2d 606 (8th Cir. 1976)
John Mackey (plaintiff) and numerous other professional football players brought suit against the National Football League (NFL) for antitrust violations related to the league’s “Rozelle Rule” (the “Rule”) and seeking injunctive relief preventing its enforcement. The district court granted Mackey’s request for an injunction and held that the Rule was a per se violation of § 1 of the Sherman Act. The NFL appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Lay, J.)
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