The latter can't take much comfort in how the justices on the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in American Needle Inc. v. National Football League .
In the case, NFL officials from commissioner Roger Goodell on down had banked on the Supreme Court, a court with a decidedly pro-business slant, to allow them to skirt antitrust laws, but the high court shoved aside that notion as easily as Albert Haynesworth does a 210-pound running back.
The justices didn't just reject that argument. Their decision was unanimous , a ruling that blocked any thought the NFL might have entertained of moving a giant step closer to the kind of antitrust protections Major League Baseball has enjoyed since 1922.
"The NFL teams do not possess either the unitary decision-making quality or the single aggregation of economic power characteristic of independent action," Justice John Paul Stevens wrote for the high court. "Each of the teams is a substantial, independently owned, and independently managed business."
Which brings baseball back into the discussion.