Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Supreme Court Dodges Fantasy Baseball Case

A brief update in follow-up to Friday's posting on whether the Supreme Court will hear the fantasy baseball case...

On Monday, the Supreme Court declined to hear the case that would have settled once and for all the dispute between Major League Baseball and fantasy sports leagues that have grown rapidly on the Internet. The Court rejected the case without comment, allowing the Eighth Circuit ruling that sports companies have a right under the First Amendment to use the names and statistics of real players without paying Major League Baseball a licensing fee to stand. By not considering the merits of the case, the Court also avoided setting a national precedent. Accordingly, the door remains open for similar lawsuits in other venues and fantasy sport arenas - and if Larry Johnson's stats last NFL season aren't worth suing over, show me something that is.

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