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Jan/06

Who Owns Baseball Statistics?


Via Businessofbaseball.com, via May It Please The Court, a complaint filed by CBC, a vendor of rotisserie (or fantasy) league statistics software and services, against Major League Baseball. Fantasy league sports involve fans drafting their own teams of (real) players and competing based on the statistics of those players. Some media, such as USA TODAY and Sporting News, will administer leagues for readers, and CBC provides statistics for them. CBC had had a license to use the names of the players, but then the players union signed an exclusive contract witl MLB, which did not complete a license with CBC. CBC now seeks a judgment that it is not infringing MLB’s rights.

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