Monday, June 2, 2008

JSO's Don Walker: Victory for fantasy sports

As fantasy junkies ourselves, we have been keeping a watchful eye on cases involving companies and the pro leagues battling over the use of player names, teams and stats for the purposes of fantasy sports platforms.

Walker reports on his Business of Sports blog:

In a victory for the fantasy sports business and its fans, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a case involving a Missouri company and Major League Baseball.

The case involved C.B.C. Distribution and Marketing Inc., a Missouri company that tried to get a license from Major League Baseball Advanced Media to use players' names in C.B.C.'s fantasy baseball games.

The company sued, saying it did not need a license.

A federal court and the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis ruled in favor of the company, saying the company was protected by free speech.

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