NFL’s Loss Should Turn into Loss for MLB, Too

May 27, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It was a call Wednesday that didn't go in favor of the  National Football League , but could what happened to the NFL be a precursor of what might await Major League Baseball?
The latter can't take much comfort in how the justices on the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in American Needle Inc. v. National Football League .
In the case, NFL officials from commissioner Roger Goodell on down had banked on the Supreme Court, a court with a decidedly pro-business slant, to allow them to skirt antitrust laws, but the high court shoved aside that notion as easily as Albert Haynesworth does a 210-pound running back.
The justices didn't just reject that argument. Their decision was unanimous , a ruling that blocked any thought the NFL might have entertained of moving a giant step closer to the kind of antitrust protections Major League Baseball has enjoyed since 1922. 
"The NFL teams do not possess either the unitary decision-making quality ...

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