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The Toronto Star: Disgruntled fans sue NHL over broadcast access

Mar 30, 2012

A group of disgruntled U.S. hockey fans is going to war against the National Hockey League, accusing the league of conspiring to overcharge customers for its game broadcasts in an antitrust lawsuit. The litigation, if successful, could cost the NHL hundreds of millions of dollars in damages, several legal experts said, reports Rick Westhead in the Toronto Star. In Disgruntled fans sue NHL over broadcast access, the article describes how the lawsuit focuses on the NHL’s practice of giving teams broadcast exclusivity in local markets. That exclusivity means customers who buy the NHL’s season-long viewing packages on the Internet or satellite and cable TV cannot watch broadcasts of games featuring teams in their own market.