Traditionally, the National Football League has enjoyed antitrust exemptions for sponsored telecasting of games. However, due to the incorporation of NFL content onto streaming services, questions have arisen as to whether fans’ access to professional football is being unfairly restricted. This Article suggests that because the League’s first ever exclusive agreements with streaming services have made it more difficult and expensive to watch games, the NFL and its distribution partners may be subject to antitrust liability. As a result, NFL fans have been unfairly forced to make a choice this Article terms the “New RPO.” Now, further analysis is required to determine whether modern streaming agreements violate antitrust law, and what suitable alternatives exist in order to keep pace with changing technology and streaming usage.
Author: Scott M. Finney
Volme 25, Issue 2