SCOTUS: NFL is 32 teams, not one entity

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  1. Dutchrudder

    Dutchrudder COOL BEANS!

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    Didn't see this posted anywhere yet, but it surely is an important issue for NFL fans. In a unanimous decision, they reversed lower court ruling against American Needle.


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    Thorn Dirty Old Man

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    I wonder what actual changes this might bring, if any? The NFL owners are not always on the same page with each other, and now they have more freedom for selling their gear and other collectables?

    It will be interesting to see how this works itself out.
     
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    I think the worst case scenario would be if this let NFL teams negotiate individual TV contracts. You know Jerry is looking at the YES network and thinking about what he could be making....
     
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    This is great news! Wouldn't this allow NFL teams to sell licensing rights to whoever they choose, like when it comes to games? If so, this is great news! 2k sports could possibly license all 32 teams separately and while they won't be able to use the NFL, they would still have all the NFL teams.
     
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    I'm pretty sure Jerry gets all the merchandising monies from sales of the Cowboys gear. He broke away from the NFL on this a long time ago I think.
     
  6. Dutchrudder

    Dutchrudder COOL BEANS!

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    Well, in this case, it is saying that American Needle needs to pursue further action against the NFL to win their complaint. I would guess that 2K Games would have to do the same and challenge the EA exclusive rights on NFL games to get that going. So it might take a while before we see another NFL 2K game, but hopefully we will.
     
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    It is only on certain things. All jersey sales for instance are shared by the league. I think that extends to any merchandise with the NFL logo on it. There are other deals which can be made by each team like Jerry requiring everyone to wear Nikes and getting a check direct to the Cowboys for that.
     

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