Supreme Court Voices Resistance to NFL

Supreme Court Voices Resistance to NFL

To their credit, the nine U.S. Supreme Court justices didn't drop any strained football metaphors as they grilled attorneys Wednesday in a case that centered on an NFL apparel deal. That might be because they were too busy knocking down the league's Hail Mary.

As a rule, it's a bad idea to try to predict how the justices will rule based on the questions they ask during oral arguments. But after the long-awaited court date in American Needle v. NFL, the league seemed not only further from the end zone -- a declaration that the NFL's 32 teams constitute a "single entity" that is shielded from antitrust laws -- but at risk of losing the game entirely.

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