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The NFL violated antitrust law by fixing the salaries of players on its first developmental squads, a federal judge ruled.

The NFL's agreement setting a flat $1,000 a week salary for developmental squad players in 1989, robbed the players of their bargaining power, U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth ruled. Lamberth said a trial must be held to determine the amount of damages the NFL will be ordered to pay the plaintiffs in the class-action suit. Last summer, he ruled that the league was open to a claim of triple damages.