A San Antonio Spurs soccer team and its owners have settled a lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission that accused the club of illegally collecting advertising revenue from video games.
The settlement, announced Tuesday, resolves the FTC’s complaint that accused San Antonio-based Spurs of unlawfully collecting revenue from digital media sales in violation of the Sherman Act.
The suit, filed in December 2016, accused Spurs and its members of conspiring to “unfairly promote their products, services and services by artificially and monopolistically raising the prices of goods and services” through the use of ad revenue from the NBA’s video games NBA 2K15 and NBA 2k14.
The league says it has no knowledge of any such ad revenue being collected.
The NFL also claims Spurs was not aware of any ad revenue.
The NBA and NFL have not announced any new details about the settlement.
The agency’s complaint against Spurs included claims that the Spurs “engaged in a pattern and practice” of “marketing” the NBA video games to the entertainment industry.
The complaint also alleged that the team had been “using its advertising revenues to pay for travel and lodging costs for its members, and to finance its employees’ salaries.”
It also alleged the Spurs had “unlawfully and systematically profited” from their partnership with EA Sports, the publisher of EA Sports FIFA and EA Sports UFC, and that the club had “subordinated its rights and interests in the NFL and the NFL Network” to EA Sports.
San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor and her business partner, former Spurs owner Robert Kraft, have denied any wrongdoing.
Taylor has said the settlement is “not the result of any collusion between the NFLPA and the Spurs,” and said it was a “proportionate settlement of a complex antitrust matter.”
The NFL also said that it will continue to fight the FTC, and Kraft said in a statement that the settlement “will enable the NFL to further its efforts to combat the growing influence of sports franchises in the marketplace.”