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On May 24, 2010, the Supreme Court decided 9-0 against the National Football League (NFL) in American Needle v. NFL, one of the most important legal decisions in U.S. sports.
The case stems from the NFL's decision to enter into an exclusive, long-term apparel license with Reebok and not to renew its license with American Needle. For antitrust counsel, the decision is important because the Court found that the NFL did not constitute a single entity under the Sherman Act because "the NFL teams do not possess either the unitary decision-making quality or the single aggregation of economic power characteristic of independent action." This decision also affects intellectual property counsel who need to direct clients to tread lightly with exclusive licensing deals. Labor or employment lawyers should take note of the potential effects that such decisions have on collective bargaining negotiations, notably the NFL's negotiations with its players for play beginning in 2011.
Who Should AttendAttorneys representing product manufacturers and sports entitiesIntellectual property attorneysAntitrust counselLabor and employment lawyersAny counsel with an interest in professional sports and the legal issues involved with the same
What You Will LearnBackground on the American Needle caseLicensing basics for merchandising and products, including the benefits and drawbacks for exclusive licensesCurrent state of antitrust lawHow the courts treat professional sports leaguesCollective bargaining basics as related to professional sports leagues
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