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NFL antitrust case: cold and compelling

The way the league's lawyers put it, their American Needle fantasy might come true

Originally Published: November 19, 2009
By Lester Munson | ESPN.com

In a brilliant, 66-page brief filed this week in the U.S. Supreme Court, NFL owners and their lawyers describe a form of fantasy football that easily could become a nightmare for the league's players and coaches.

The owners' legal fantasy is to become what is known in American antitrust law as a "single entity." If the owners succeed in their highly unusual maneuver in the nation's highest court, they would be able to install salary caps and wage scales for coaches and eliminate the players' ...

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