American Needle v. NFL: An Opportunity To Reshape Sports Law

Academic Article


  • he U.S. Supreme Court recently granted a writ of certiorari and will review American Needle in its 2009-2010 Term. As this Feature will detail, American Needle presents the most meaningful sports law controversy in recent memory. For the first time, a U.S. court of appeals has expressly recognized that in certain settings of collusive behavior, a professional sports league and its independently owned franchises may function as a single entity. American Needle offers the Supreme Court an opportunity to settle a longstanding source of confusion: how should antitrust law regulate the peculiar, perhaps incomparable, business entity known as a professional sports league? The stakes could not be higher.
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    Publication Date

  • January 2010
  • Has Subject Area

    Published In

  • Yale Law Journal  Journal
  • Keywords

  • American Needle
  • American Needle v. NFL
  • Antitrust
  • Congress
  • National Football League
  • Seventh Circuit
  • Sherman Act
  • Single Entity
  • Start Page

  • 726
  • End Page

  • 781
  • Volume

  • 119
  • Issue

  • 4