Thursday, August 26, 2010

NFL Sunday Ticket and American Needle

Elliot Turner at has written an interesting post speculating on the effect that the Supreme Court's opinion in American Needle v. National Football League had on the NFL's recent decision to make the NFL Sunday Ticket package available via the Internet. Previously, fans had to subscribe to DirecTV's satellite television service in order to receive the Sunday Ticket package.

Specifically, Turner concludes: "With the league’s practices called into question with regard to apparel [in American Needle], it appears that the powers that be smartened up in order to preempt what could have become another strong legal challenge to the NFL’s ability to negotiate contracts as a single entity."

Turner's piece is available in its entirety here.