Radovich v. NFL

Antitrust

Radovich V. NFL 1957

In 1957 the United States Supreme Court decided that the National Football League, unlike Major League Baseball, is subject to antitrust laws.


Antitrust - opposing or intended to restrain trusts, monopolies, or other large combinations of business and capital, especially with a view to maintaining and promoting competition.

American Football League

The AFL was angry that the NFL was creating a monopoly on the sport.

What Happened?

Alleging that the NFL conspired to monopolize and control professional football in violation of the Sherman Act. He alleged, that respondents schedule football games in various cities, including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles; that part of the business from which they get a lot of their income is the transmission of the games over radio and television into nearly every state. Part of the conspiracy was to destroy a competitive league by boycotting it and its players. Each team uses a standard player contract which prohibits a player from signing with another club without the consent of the club holding his contract. No free agency essentially.

Fallout

The NFL paid $35,000 in settlements and began conducting its business in line with these antitrust laws.

Work Cited

Justia US Supreme Court Center. Radovich v. National Football League - 352 U.S. 445 (1957). February 14, 2014


Wikipedia. Radovich v. National Football League. Wikimedia Foundation. February 13, 2014. February 14, 2014