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The Supremes Call 'Em Like They See 'Em: Major League Baseball Strikes Out

Back in 2005, Major League Baseball pitched some fast heat at fantasy baseball, and specifically C.B.C. Distribution and Marketing, Inc., the company that set up rotisserie leagues and provided baseball stats to its customers.  MLB filed suit against CBC, claiming that the league owned the stats.  CBC countered and claimed the stats were in the public domain.

If you've never played fantasy baseball, it's baseball on paper - you create your own team and trade players, but you keep score using the real baseball player's actual stats.  In other words, if your player hits a home run in real life, then he hits a home run for your team, even though the actual player might be on the Chicago Cubs, but you have him on your team named Dave's Demons, along with other players from  other unrelated teams all over the real league. 

Yeah, I know:  geek city; but come on, a lot of people love it.

In the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals where the case landed, the court there had no trouble dispatching MLB's claims, and ruled for CBC.  Undaunted, Major League Baseball, joined by the union representing the players, filed a petition with the United States Supreme Court seeking to overturn the decision.

Just Monday, the Supremes summarily declined to hear the case, so the lower court's ruling stands, and fantasy baseball is safe to play once again.  MIPTC called this one when the case was first filed, and predicted this win for CBC. 

Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at 00:50 Comments Closed (0) |
 
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