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USFL v. NFL

842 F.2d 1335 (2d Cir. 1988)

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USFL v. NFL

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

842 F.2d 1335 (2d Cir. 1988)

Facts

After it lost nearly $200 million in its first three years in existence, the United States Football League (USFL) (plaintiff) moved from a spring schedule to a fall schedule beginning in 1986. But because the league was unable to secure a network television contract for that season, it folded. The USFL then brought suit against the National Football League (NFL) (defendant) alleging that the NFL monopolized the television network market in violation of § 2 of the Sherman Act. A jury in district court held that the NFL had violated § 2, but only awarded the USFL $1.00 in damages. Additionally, the jury rejected the USFL’s primary argument that the NFL had denied the USFL access to the much-needed resource of network television. The USFL appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Winter, J.)

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