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Century of the Leisured MassesEntertainment and the Transformation of Twentieth-Century America$
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David George Surdam

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190211561

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190211561.001.0001

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Antitrust Issues and the Leisure Industries

Antitrust Issues and the Leisure Industries

(p.223) 14 Antitrust Issues and the Leisure Industries
Century of the Leisured Masses

David George Surdam

Oxford University Press

The motion picture, radio, television, and professional team sports industries have often been concentrated in the hands of a few producers. While such industry concentration often injured consumers via higher prices and less choices, most consumers appeared satisfied with the status quo. These industries raised serious antitrust issues. In the case of professional baseball, the courts granted some owners an antitrust exemption, but other owners have had to enlist Congressional and judicial support for their actions. Concentration in the motion picture, radio, and television industries, along with the associated music industry, was often the result of patent protection or regulations under federal law. All of these industries have kept lawyers, the courts, and Congress busy throughout the century. Government agencies also regulated some of these industries, but such regulation sometimes had ironic outcomes.

Keywords:   antitrust, industry concentration, patents, regulation, radio, television, sports, music

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