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The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirms a nominal jury verdict of $1 for illegal monopolization by a professional football league (USFL / NFL)

The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a jury verdict awarding the U.S. Football League (“USFL”) only $1 in nominal damages against the National Football League (“NFL”) and agreed with the jury’s finding that the NFL did not engage in exclusionary conduct through its agreements with broadcast networks. Although USFL challenged many aspects of the jury verdict, the Court mainly discussed and affirmed the jury’s determination that the NFL did not engage in anticompetitive conduct by entering into agreements with three television networks to broadcast the league’s professional football games. The Court also found sufficient evidence by which the jury could conclude that the NFL’s actions constituted an illegal acquisition or maintenance of a monopoly in the market for professional

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Katherine Whitehead Miller, The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirms a nominal jury verdict of $1 for illegal monopolization by a professional football league (USFL / NFL), 10 March 1988, e-Competitions March 1988, Art. N° 68035

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