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Sports Broadcast Antitrust Suits Can Proceed, Judge Rules

A group of baseball and hockey fans can go forward with claims that the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball violate U.S. antitrust law in their control over television and Internet broadcast rights.

U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin in New York today denied the leagues’ request to dismiss the suits, filed by subscribers to broadcasts of hockey and baseball games. The group sued the leagues; individual clubs; regional TV sports networks; Comcast Corp., the largest U.S. cable broadcaster; and DirecTV LLC, the largest U.S. satellite television provider.