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NFL ordered to pay $5 billion in Sunday Ticket lawsuit

The NFL immediately said it would appeal, and no immediate changes will occur as the case continues to be litigated

A jury found against the NFL on Thursday in a long-running lawsuit over how the league distributes its TV broadcasts, a decision that could reshape how fans watch the country's most popular sport. A group of plaintiffs that purchased the NFL's Sunday Ticket package won a judgment of $4.7 billion from the jury, while another group of bar owners was awarded $96 million. Both amounts could be tripled because of antitrust laws.

The NFL immediately said it would appeal.

"We are disappointed with the jury's verdict today in the NFL Sunday Ticket class-action lawsuit," the league said in a statement. "We continue to believe that our media distribution strategy, which features all NFL games broadcast on free over-the-air television in the markets of the participating teams and national distribution of our most popular games, supplemented by many additional choices including RedZone, Sunday Ticket and NFL+, is by far the most fan friendly distribution model in all of sports and entertainment."


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