The antitrust exemption allows for certain companies and organizations, for example, Major League Baseball and the NFL, to have a monopoly on their market, allowing highly profitable television contracts. Some critics have suggested that the exemption has helped the league grow into an international business and sports juggernaut.
If revoked, the NFL would suffer a major financial hit, which Johnson suggests may be warranted.
"Maybe [the NFL feels] a little heat about their anti-trust exemption and the fact that the Judiciary Committee stands ready under the leadership of the chair of the anti-trust subcommittee David Cicilline to perhaps look at that anti-trust exemption,” Johnson said.
There has been no word on any further action beyond Johnson’s statements.