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Antitrust Suit Against NFL TV Deals Moves Toward Trial

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A $6.1 billion lawsuit filed in 2015 over the NFL’s Sunday Ticket package, which was previously on DirecTV, may soon be decided.

The lawsuit alleges that fans were forced to pay inflated prices to watch out-of-market games, violating the Sherman Anti-Trust Act of 1890.

U.S. District Court Judge Philip Gutierrez’s ruling suggests the case will go to trial, and if the NFL loses, individual teams would make their own broadcast deals for in-market and out-of-market games.

“The NFL-DirecTV Agreement prevents telecasts from appearing on more than one channel, reducing the number of games being shown locally as free, over-the-air broadcasts and leaving DirecTV as the only option to view many games,” U.S. District Court Judge Philip Gutierrez wrote.

“Defendants place great weight on the fact that the member clubs are not part of the NFL-DirecTV Agreement,” the Judge wrote. “But this fact is misleading,” he added.

“It does not follow that, because the member clubs are not parties to the NFL-DirecTV Agreement, DirecTV and the member clubs are not connected in the overall conspiracy.”

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