Dodgers to pay $25 million to settle antitrust lawsuit


SAN FRANCISCO — Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to pay a $25.5 million fine to settle allegations that it conspired with sports radio broadcaster Mark Cuban to prevent a competitor from obtaining an NFL rights deal in the 1990s.

The Dodgers were ordered to pay the $25,000 to Cuban and to pay nearly $1 million to the FCC for their alleged role in blocking the deal.

In the settlement, the Dodgers acknowledged that they “did not make the right decisions” in pursuing the deal, which would have allowed the Houston Oilers to acquire the team’s rights to play in the NFL.

They also acknowledged that the FCC had “made significant mistakes” in deciding to investigate Cuban’s alleged violations.

The league said it would pay the settlement.

Cuban, who left the team in 2018, has been named in multiple lawsuits.

In December, the FCC charged Cuban with violating the Sherman Antitrust Act by preventing the Oilers from acquiring a broadcast contract with the team.

Cuban was not immediately available for comment.

The NBA, which owns the rights to the NHL’s Dallas Stars and the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, has long argued that the league should not have entered into the Astros-Oilers deal.

It was among several players to oppose the Astros in the process.

In November, the NBA issued a $50 million fine and banned Cuban from playing for the franchise.

The league also suspended Cuban for three years for violating its drug policy and fined him $25 thousand.

Cuban, who is now a partner at the law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

The Dodgers have until Sept. 23 to respond to the $1.2 million fine.

In October, the NFL reached a $1 billion settlement with players’ union and the NFL Players Association over a decade-old labor dispute that involved the NFL’s handling of domestic violence cases.

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