Jul 30th, 2022 |
128: Do Grant of Rights Contracts Raise Antitrust Issues?
Big-time college sports are a market defined by anticompetitive behavior. The NCAA and Power 5 conferences believe they should not have to play by the same rules as any other industry in America. They believe—and have always believed—that they are above the law. This episode analyzes the grant of rights contracts through the lens of restraints on competition among and between Power 5 conferences after the first wave of conference realignment. The relationship among the Power 5 subcartel has been defined principally by how they have cooperated to dominate the college football marketplace and regulate college sports.