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Judge Rules Against MLB, Says Fantasy Sports Data is Public Domain
/ August 10, 2006 5:25 pm

St. Louis – A federal judge has ruled against the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) and Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM), saying that baseball statistics are in the public domain and may be freely used by providers of fantasy sports games. U.S. District Court Judge Mary Ann Medler sided with St. Louis-based CDM Fantasy Sports, which filed the lawsuit against the players' organization and new media unit of Major League Baseball. CDM was among a number of fantasy sports games providers who were not granted a license renewal, following the signing of a $50 million deal between the league's new media unit and players' organization. MLBAM sent cease-and-desist letters to several fantasy sports providers who continued to use player statistics without a license. "We are disappointed by the court's decision yesterday in CBC v. MLBPA and MLBAM," the two groups said in a statement. "We expect to appeal the decision and remain confident that we will prevail in that effort. We continue to believe that the use of the players, without their consent, to create this type of commercial venture is improper." (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) (MLBPA/MLBAM statement)

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