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UNITED STATES v. INTERNATIONAL BOXING CLUB OF NEW

July 2, 1957

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff,
v.
INTERNATIONAL BOXING CLUB OF NEW YORK, INC., a corporation of New York; International Boxing Club, a corporation of Illinois; Madison Square Garden Corporation, a corporation of New York; James D. Norris; and Arthur M. Wirtz, Defendants



The opinion of the court was delivered by: RYAN

This cause having been heard, and the Court having fully considered the evidence and arguments, and having filed its Opinion on Violations, Findings of fact and Conclusions of Law, and having fully considered evidence and arguments on relief, it is hereby

Ordered, Adjudged and Decreed That:

 1. As used in this Final Judgment:

 (a) 'Person' means any individual, partnership, firm, corporation, or any other legal entity;

 (b) 'Madison Square Garden' means the arena located in New York City, owned and operated by Madison Square Garden Corporation, or any arena which Madison Square Garden Corporation may the as a replacement thereof after the destruction, sale, or permanent discontinuance of use by said Corporation of its existing arena;

 (c) 'Chicago Stadium' means the stadium located in Chicago, Illinois, owned and controlled by the Chicago Stadium Corporation or any stadium which Chicago Stadium Corporation may use as a replacement thereof after the destruction, sale, or permanent discontinuance of use by said Corporation of its existing stadium;

 (d) 'Professional championship boxing contests' means a contest between two professional boxers, the winner of which will receive recognition as the champion of a recognized weight division; and

 (e) 'Promote' means in respect of any professional boxing contest the acquiring of any right to participate in, share or receive the proceeds, revenue or receipts thereof, or any part of said proceeds, revenue or receipts, but this shall not include payments for the use of any arena or stadium nor shall it include payments to contestants. 'Promotor' means any person who undertakes the promotion of a professional boxing contest.

 2. The provisions of this Final Judgment shall be binding upon the parties to this action, their officers, agents, servants, employees, and attorneys, and upon those persons in active concert or participation with them who receive actual notice of this Final Judgment by personal service or otherwise.

 3. All contracts between any professional boxer and any of the defendants, which provide that a boxer will engage in professional boxing contests exclusively for any of the defendants, are hereby declared to be null and void.

 4. The defendants, and each of them, are restrained and enjoined from entering into, directly or indirectly, any contract, agreement, or understanding, which provides, in terms or in effect, that a boxer shall not engage in a professional boxing contest for any person other than the defendants, or any of them. Provided, however, that nothing in this Section Four (4) shall be construed to prevent the defendants, or any of them, from entering into a contract with a professional boxer providing for the promotion of a single professional boxing contest. After five (5) years from the date of entry of this Final Judgment, this provision shall not prevent the defendants, or any of them, from entering into a contract with a professional boxer providing for the promotion of a single professional boxing contest which contract may contain a provision that the contracting defendant shall have the right to promote one (1) return professional boxing contest between the same boxers within a period of not more than eight (8) months from the date of such professional boxing contest.

 5. The defendants, and each of them, are restrained and enjoined from maintaining, enforcing, attempting to enforce or entering into, directly or indirectly, and contract, agreement, or understanding which provides, in terms or in effect, that the owner or operator of any arena or stadium not owned or controlled by them or any of them, shall not lease, or otherwise make available, any such arena or stadium to any person other than the defendants, or any of them, for the purpose of promoting a professional boxing contest. This provision shall not prevent the defendants, or any of them, from leasing an arena or staduim not owned or controlled by them for the purpose of promoting any single professional boxing program contemplated to be presented on one day.

 6. The defendants, and each of them, are hereby restrained and enjoined from interfering, in any manner, with the sale or disposition of the radio, television, motion picture, theatre television, or other similar rights to a professional championship boxing contest by any promoter other than the defendants.

 7. The defendants, and each of them, are hereby restrained and enjoined from maintaining, enforcing, attempting to enforce, or entering into any contract, agreement, or understanding with any sponsor of a radio or television series of professional boxing contests promoted or arranged for by any of the defendants, or with any radio or television network carrying such a series, which prevents, in terms or in effect, the said sponsor or network from purchasing directly from any other promoter the broadcast or television rights to one or more ...


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