How will American Needle case affect NFL

Paul KasprzakContributor IMay 25, 2010

The National Football League lost its case against American Needle as the Supreme Court voted 9-0 in favor of American Needle.

The question is now how will the decision affect the NFL.

As any case that is decided by the Supreme Court there is a profound affect that will completely alters the way things are done.

In regards to the NFL there will be very little instances where they will now be very little instances where they will be able to invoke antitrust exemptions.

The key phrase is that NFL owners cannot come together in regards to” intellectual property.”

That is such a broad term that the NFLPA may use it to force the the end of the Collective Bargaining Agreements within the NFL, thus ending drafts and allowing rookies to be bidded upon.

That will force small market teams like the Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, and maybe even the Green Bay Packers to more to big international cities like London, England and Toronto, Canada.

In the end, this was the worst thing to happen for the NFL.

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