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SCOTUS okays antitrust suit against NFL to move forward

Yahoo Finance's Dan Roberts joins Kristin Myers to break down the latest on the Supreme Court's ruling against the NFL.

Video Transcript

KRISTIN MYERS: Let's talk the Supreme Court. They are going to allow an antitrust lawsuit against the NFL to go forward.

We have Yahoo Finance's Dan Roberts here to break down what that is going to mean. Hey, Dan.

DAN ROBERTS: Hey, Kristin. And first of all, let me just say, you know, it might seem at first blush like it's a little irrelevant that we're talking about this story today on Election Day, but there is a connection here to politics. The NFL, because it has seen a ratings dip so far this season, has told owners that it thinks the cause of that ratings dip is the election. So no one is happier to get past election day today than the NFL.

Of course, we're talking more broadly about this lawsuit, which has been lingering for years and years. The lawsuit was actually originally thrown out in 2017. Then an appeals court judge allowed it to move forward. The news today is that the Supreme Court is denying the NFL and DirecTV's appeal, so the lawsuit can move forward.

Now here's what's at stake. DirecTV has Sunday Ticket. That is really the only option you have to pay for and able to watch all Sunday games at once. And the lawsuit alleges that this is basically a monopoly that the NFL has with DirecTV. The cost is about $295, and that allows you to watch any Sunday game except the in-market game, which you can watch on your local TV. So if you have cable plus Sunday ticket, you can watch every NFL Sunday game.

But the lawsuit is saying that consumers would be better suited and be better served if the NFL didn't have this exclusive partnership with DirecTV for Sunday ticket, if you could just pay piecemeal to watch certain Sunday games. So the issue isn't the price, that $295. The issue is an accusation of a monopoly here on the Sunday game broadcasts between the NFL and DirecTV.

Now interestingly, it was Brett Kavanaugh who said in the decision here merely not that the Supreme Court is siding with the litigants or the defendants but just saying that the NFL and the businesses who are suing and DirecTV all have good arguments to be made based on the law. So we're going to see this play out in court.