No. 01-1296.

284 F.3d 47 (2002)

Iain FRASER; Steve Trittschuh; Sean Bowers; Mark Semioli; Rhett Harty; David Scott Vaudreuil; Mark Dodd; and Mark Dougherty, Plaintiffs, Appellants, v. MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER, L.L.C.; Kraft Soccer, L.P.; Anschutz Soccer, Inc.; Anschutz Chicago Soccer, Inc.; South Florida Soccer, L.L.C.; Team Columbus Soccer, L.L.C.; Team Kansas City Soccer, L.L.C.; Los Angeles Soccer Partners, L.P.; Empire Soccer Club, L.P.; Washington Soccer, L.P.; and United States Soccer Federation, Inc., Defendants, Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit.

Decided March 20, 2002.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Jeffrey L. Kessler with whom James W. Quinn, Bruce S. Meyer, Michael A. Rona, Allan L. Garcia, Tamir M. Young, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Paul B. Galvani, Ropes & Gray and Richard A. Berthelsen were on brief for appellants.

Michael A. Cardoza with whom Steven C. Krane, Lee M. Goldsmith, Brooke H. Spigler, Daniel L. Goldberg, Daniel S. Savrin and Bingham Dana LLP were on brief for appellees Major League Soccer, L.L.C., et al.

John Paul Robbins with whom McLaughlin & Stern, LLP and Morgan, Brown & Joy were on brief for appellee United States Soccer Federation, Inc.

Before BOUDIN, Chief Judge, COFFIN, Senior Circuit Judge, and WOODLOCK, District Judge.

BOUDIN, Chief Judge.

Professional soccer players sued Major League Soccer, LLC ("MLS"), nine independent operator/investors in MLS, and the United States Soccer Federation, Inc. ("USSF"), alleging violations of Sherman Act sections 1 and 2, 15 U.S.C. §§ 1-2, and Clayton Act section 7, id. § 18, and seeking injunctive relief and monetary damages.1 The district court granted summary judgment for defendants on the section...


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