Mergers & Antitrust Law News

NFL, DirecTV Lose Bid to Nix ‘Sunday Ticket’ Suit on Rehearing

Oct. 11, 2019, 2:27 PM

The National Football League, its teams, and DirecTV failed to persuade the Ninth Circuit to rethink its ruling reviving an antitrust challenge to the licensing deals that restrict the number of games available on network television each Sunday.

The proposed class action takes aim at NFL Sunday Ticket, the DirecTV package that allows paid subscribers to watch every out-of-market game, rather than just the two or three broadcast free each Sunday on CBS and Fox.

Two licensing deals make Sunday Ticket possible: an agreement among the teams to pool their broadcast rights, and the NFL’s sale of those rights to...

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