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Yahoo Sports: Lawsuit targeting MLB’s blackout policy to proceed

Dec 5, 2012

Reporter Jeff Passan writes on Lawsuit targeting MLB’s blackout policy to proceed in today’s Yahoo Sports. The antitrust lawsuit aimed at blowing up Major League Baseball’s lucrative television-rights territories and forcing the league to abandon its antiquated blackout policy will proceed after a federal judge Wednesday affirmed the claims that MLB’s media structure is anti-competitive, writes Passan. U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin said MLB’s policy, which includes offering out-of-market games only in a package and blacking out in-market games, raises prices, reduces competition among teams and used “monopoly power” to restrict fans’ ability to watch games.