The NFL can now go back to the drawing board to figure out how to maximize the profits of its TV ads, according to a new report.
The league is already facing a $1.8 billion antitrust suit in federal court in New York over its practice of offering more than a dozen NFL teams a chance to broadcast on cable in the same way they do on television.
The suits are aimed at stopping the NFL from offering TV rights to other sports teams, which is something the league does as a perk to players.
The league argues the rights are part of its corporate sponsorship and are not owned by the league, but a federal judge in Brooklyn has ruled that they are.
In a ruling filed Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said the NFL was engaging in a “pilot program” and that its ad policy violates antitrust laws.
That policy, the judge said, “does not prevent the NFL, as a member of the broadcast industry, from entering into arrangements with a television company or a cable network that would enable it to produce and distribute more than 100 of its current and future television commercials in the United States and abroad.”
The NFL also says that the suit is without merit and that the league is free to continue broadcasting its games on television without paying a premium for the rights to do so.
The NFL is expected to appeal the ruling.
The suit was filed in the U.K. and is headed to the U and New York Supreme Courts.
It is a significant win for the league.
In his ruling, Breyer noted that the NFL does not sell the rights or control the programming of its own broadcast stations, but it does pay television companies for carriage of its games.
That means it has a “monopoly” on the carriage of NFL games, Breyers wrote.
In addition, he said, the league has been given the right to “offer television rights to teams other than the NFL.”
The ruling does not affect the NFL’s contract with Time Warner Cable, which runs the NFL Network.
The networks, which are owned by Time Warner, have the right for the NFL to pay for carriage, according, and the NFL has been negotiating for carriage with Time.
But the ruling does create an antitrust case for the entire NFL.
The decision could affect the entire league.
If the suit were successful, the NFL could lose the right it currently enjoys to broadcast its games, which would have a negative impact on the NFLs bottom line.
The NFL has faced some criticism for its television policy.
The antitrust suit is the latest in a series of legal actions by the NFL against television companies.
In October, the Justice Department charged that the commissioner’s office “has repeatedly used its leverage to undermine the broadcast television industry’s ability to compete with cable, radio and other video services.”
The league has also faced criticism for using its antitrust position to force cable networks to cut their programming, and its own advertising sales to advertisers.