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NASL v. NFL
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
670 F.2d 1249 (2d Cir. 1981)
Two owners (plaintiffs) of National Football League (NFL) (defendant) teams gained ownership interests in North American Soccer League (NASL) (plaintiff) teams. The NFL had a long-standing, unwritten policy against any of its owners or their immediate family members from owning an interest in a team in another league. The football team owners and the NASL brought suit against the NFL challenging its ban against cross-ownership as violating § 1 of the Sherman Act. The district court upheld the NFL’s cross-ownership ban and the NASL appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Mansfield, J.)
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