14 August 2019
Purchasers of DirecTV’s “NFL Sunday Ticket” broadcast package sued the National Football League, its 32 franchises and the satellite television provider in 2015, alleging their “all-or-nothing” game bundling violated antitrust laws. A federal district court dismissed their lawsuit a few years later, but the plaintiffs reached into their sweaty sock, pulled out a red challenge flag and threw it towards the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. After a lengthy replay review, the appellate court reversed the ruling on the field. Now, the plaintiffs are back on the gridiron, but the endzone is still a long way away.