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Supreme Court Voices Resistance to NFL

AP

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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