FANTASY BASEBALL SCORES A WIN
Interesting story off the AP:
By CHRISTOPHER LEONARD
AP Business Writer
ST. LOUIS (AP) – A federal appeals court upheld a lower court
ruling Tuesday that lets a fantasy baseball company use players’
names and statistics without paying a licensing fee.
In a 2-1 decision, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel
ruled that CBC Distribution and Marketing Inc. doesn’t have to pay
the players, even though it profits by using their names and
The Major League Baseball Players Association had argued that
companies like CBC are essentially stealing money from players, who
charge big fees to endorse things like tennis shoes and soft
drinks. The ruling could have a broad impact on the fantasy league
industry, which generates more than $1.5 billion annually from
millions of participants.
If CBC had lost, The MLBPA would have gained monopoly rights
over publicly available statistics and other information that is
used as fodder for fantasy leagues across the country, said CBC
attorney Rudy Telscher.
Telscher said the facts and figures are public information. He
said it’s no different from media outlets that print game tallies
to draw readers and make money.
“When you’re using mass information, it’s protected under the
First Amendment,” he said.
They could always do like the video games: #23 from Chicago Bulls, etc. But it looks like they won’t have to. That the players want fans to pay for statistics is just ridiculous. Can anyone justify this to me? I’m at a loss.