Radovich v. NFL

(National Football League)

What was it?

It was a U.S. Supreme Court decision ruling that professional football, unlike professional baseball was subject to antitrust laws. It was the third of three such cases heard by the Court in the 1950's involving the antitrust status of professional sports.

Argued and Decided on Posted Dates

Thursday, Jan. 17th 1957 at 12am to Monday, Feb. 25th 1957 at 12am

1 First St NE

Washington, DC

The U.S. Supreme Court decided that professional football, unlike professional baseball was subject to antitrust laws.

Aftermath

"With the case remanded or trial in the District Court, Maxwell Keith continued his representation who settled with the league for $42,500. Radovich said years later he believed Keith, who wanted him to drop the suit, "double-crossed" him. The settlement came after lengthy arguments between the two men over whether to proceed with the trial. Afterwards he says he learned Keith had been pressured to settle by the league.

"What I did opened doors", he said. "It's the first time that any professional sport was ever taken to court and beaten." He never worked in football again and died in 2002.

Alioto was later elected major of San Francisco for two terms."