Monopoly Sports Leagues

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Stephen F. Ross

The Pennsylvania State University (University Park) – Penn State Law

Date Written: 1989


This Article argues that the government should break up both Major League Baseball and the NFL to provide for competing economic entities in each sport. Part I details the harm monopoly sports leagues cause in several different markets and explains why a competitive league structure can correct such harms. Part II discusses why regulatory solutions are poor substitutes for competition as a means of redressing these harms. Part III explains why neither baseball nor football is a "natural monopoly" and argues that no persuasive evidence suggests that rival leagues cannot exist in those sports. Part IV examines how the antitrust laws provide a workable framework for regulating conduct between competing leagues. Finally, Part V explains why legislation effectuating the divestiture is preferable to judicial decree.

Suggested Citation

Ross, Stephen F., Monopoly Sports Leagues (1989). Minnesota Law Review, Vol. 73, No. 643, 1989, Penn State Law Research Paper, 1989, Available at SSRN:

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