NFL Ordered to Pay $4,707,259,944.64 in Lawsuit

The figures from the June 27 ruling against the NFL were included in the verdict form, which was placed on the case’s docket Tuesday.

The lawsuit involves 2.4 million residential subscribers and 48,000 businesses in the United States who paid for DirecTV’s out-of-market game package from the 2011 through 2022 seasons. The lawsuit alleges the league violated antitrust laws by selling the package at an inflated price. Subscribers also say the league restricted competition by offering “Sunday Ticket” only through a satellite provider.

The jury, consisting of five men and three women, found the NFL liable for damages of $4,610,331,671.74 to the residential class (home subscribers) and $96,928,272.90 to the commercial class (business subscribers).

Because damages can be tripled under federal antitrust laws, the NFL could be liable for $14,121,779,833.92.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell arrives at federal court in Los Angeles on Monday, June 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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During deliberations, the jury requested data on the number of annual subscribers to the class action lawsuit, as well as the cost of each type of “Sunday Ticket” subscription.

The jury also asked for reports submitted by four economists who testified on behalf of the plaintiffs and the NFL, but they were not admitted into evidence.

Judge Philip S. Gutierrez is expected to hear post-trial motions on July 31, including the NFL’s request that he rule in the league’s favor by determining that the plaintiffs have not proven their case.

Payment of damages, any changes to the “Sunday Ticket” package and/or the manner in which the NFL conducts its Sunday afternoon games are suspended until all appeals are completed.

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