Some serious reading first on American Needle, Inc. v. National Football League, No. 08-661 (U.S. S. Ct.):
- The FTC/DOJ Amicus brief in
- James Keyte and Paul Eckles (Skadden) on Sports Leagues and the Rule of Reason
- Chris Sagers in the Antitrust Source
- Michael McCann (Vermont Law School) forthcoming in the Yale Journal on the sports law implications of the decision
IRVING, TEXAS — In an attempt to cut the franchise’s losses and “move forward in a positive direction,” the Dallas Cowboys severed ties with controversial owner Jerry Jones Monday, ending their tumultuous 20-year relationship with the divisive figure.
According to sources within the Cowboys organization, the decision to release Jones was influenced by the lack of any playoff victories in more than 12 years, the owner’s distracting sideline antics, and his selfish, “me first” attitude, which many said was having a cancerous effect on the clubhouse.
“We value Jerry’s contributions to the Cowboys over the past two decades, but it has become painfully clear that we just don’t share the same priorities,” Cowboys public relations director Richard Dalrymple said. “This wasn’t an easy choice to make, but we’re confident it is a decision that can only make our team better.”