Retired NFL Players’ Antitrust Lawsuit Dismissed.

Posted: June 14, 2012 in Robert J. Romano

U.S. District Judge Paul A. Magnuson dismissed the antitrust lawsuit filed by retired NFL players accusing the NFL of exploiting their image for financial gain.

The lawsuit filed in 2011 by former players, Gene Washington (Vikings, Broncos), Diron Talbert (Redskins) and Sean Lumpkin (Saints), alleges that the NFL illegally monopolizes their likenesses by trading on historic footage of the players in promotional films and other products, while at the same time prohibiting them from using their own identities as players to promote themselves for personal economic gain.

The Judge while dismissing the action stated. “What they have are claims for royalties, not claims for antitrust.”

Counsel for the NFL said the opinion confirmed that “antitrust laws do not limit the NFL’s ability to market and sell intellectual property, including historical game footage, that the member clubs own collectively.”

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