Overview: Agreements among a football league, its teams, and a licensor formed by
the teams to license their intellectual property constituted concerted
action that was subject to antitrust scrutiny under 15 U.S.C.S. § 1. The
teams' decisions to collectively license their separately owned
trademarks joined together independent centers of decisionmaking.
Judge: STEVENS, J., delivered the opinion
for a unanimous Court.
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