American Needle Update

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I have been writing a lot on the Supreme Court’s opinion in American Needle v. NFL.  Jon Wertheim and I have finished our article and it is forthcoming in International Journal of Sport Communication.  I have posted a copy on SSRN that can be found here.  The short essay I wrote with Peter Lawler was published in Volume 7/Issue 10 of Sports Litigation Alert last week.  Pam Lester and I are finalizing our piece for World Sports Law Report this weekend. 

For anyone interested in sports law, the case is a must-read.  Section VI is really interesting.  It may break new ground insofar as how the “quick look” rule of reason is construed.  I am looking forward to the 3rd Circuit’s imminent decision in Hamburg v. ATP Tour