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Weinberg v. Chicago Blackhawk Hockey Team

Illinois Appellate Court, First District, Third Division
653 N.E.2d 1322 (1995)


Facts

Mark Weinberg (plaintiff) created an unofficial program, The Blue Line, for the Chicago Blackhawk Hockey Team (defendant) which he sold outside the team’s arena. The Blue Line soon began to outsell the Blackhawks’ own program, Face Off, which was available inside the arena. Weinberg periodically requested media credentials and press credentials from the Blackhawks and was routinely denied. One Blackhawks official noted on one occasion that the denial of Weinberg’s credentials was linked to how well The Blue Line was selling and competing with Face Off. Weinberg brought suit against the Blackhawks under Illinois’ state version of the federal antitrust monopoly law, § 2 of the Sherman Act. The trial judge dismissed the suit and Weinberg appealed.

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