Ever Wonder Why NFL Apparel Is So Expensive?
January 14, 2010 9:49 AM Subscribe
Is the National Football League a single entity or 32 individual businesses
posted by The Gooch (87 comments total)
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? That’s the question before the Supreme Court in the case of American Needle vs. NFL. American Needle
(warning: heavy Flash), a Buffalo Grove, IL sport apparel manufacturer, claims the NFL’s exclusive contract with Reebok to manufacturer all NFL apparel
is an anti-trust
violation. The NFL counters that they are one entity, and thus, cannot conspire against themselves to restrict competition.
On Sunday, playoff-bound New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees wrote an impassioned op-ed piece
for the Washington Post siding against the very league who employs him, arguing that the NFL potentially being granted an anti-trust exemption could lead to owners "agree(ing) to end or severely restrict free agency, continue to enter into exclusive agreements that will further raise prices on merchandise, lock coaches into salary scales that don't reward them when they're promoted and set higher ticket prices (including preventing teams from competing through ticket discounts)."
This issue was discussed in some detail yesterday on Talk of the Nation