The US District Court for the Southern District of New York finds that an association demanding its members to combine their websites into one unified website does not constitute an unreasonable restraint of trade in the hockey industry (Madison Square Garden / NHL)

The Southern District of New York recently denied Madison Square Garden L.P.'s ("MSG") attempt to enjoin the National Hockey League (the "NHL") from transferring MSG's Rangers team website to a server primarily run by the NHL. The Court found that seizing MSG's website was not a naked restraint on competition. Factual Background MSG owns the New York Rangers hockey team, one of 30 independent member clubs of the NHL. The NHL promotes the common interests of its members and promulgates rules that govern the relationship between the NHL and the member clubs, as well as among the clubs. To strengthen hockey in competition with other sports, the NHL has taken steps to improve the strength of its brand. This strategy seeks to heighten fans' interest in clubs other than their primary home

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Andrew J. Entwistle, Robert M. Travisano, Michael A. McDonough, The US District Court for the Southern District of New York finds that an association demanding its members to combine their websites into one unified website does not constitute an unreasonable restraint of trade in the hockey industry (Madison Square Garden / NHL), 2 November 2007, e-Competitions US Sports, Art. N° 62472

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