Everyone likes a good sports story, and so let us consider the question of how the Supreme Court’s May 24 decision concerning the National Football League might affect health care joint ventures.
The question before the Court in American Needle, Inc. v. National Football League was a very narrow one: When the National Football League is licensing team merchandise, should it be treated as a single entity, or as a combination of 32 independent teams. The lower courts lined up behind the NFL as a single entity. The Supreme Court reversed. The score was 9-0.
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