A federal judge in Chicago has found sufficient evidence to allow an antitrust suit against Clear Channel Entertainment to proceed to trial.

A federal judge in Chicago has found sufficient evidence to allow an antitrust suit against Clear Channel Entertainment to proceed to trial.

U.S. District Court Judge Matthew F. Kennelly ruled in a 46-page opinion that evidence may exist showing that CCE executives violated federal antitrust laws to prevent JamSports and Entertainment, a subsidiary of independent concert promoter Jam Productions of Chicago, from promoting supercross events.

JamSports (which counts Tom Petty manager Tony Dimitriades among its principals) filed the suit in April 2002 in the Northern District Court of Illinois. A court date is set for Nov. 15 before Judge Kennelly and a federal court jury.

At issue is a long-term contract to produce supercross events. The contract had been awarded to JamSports, but ended up back with CCE, a longtime producer of AMA supercross events.

JamSports charges that CCE leveraged their concerts and other motorsports events to "entice venues to exclude JamSports" from promoting supercross events.