MLB Fights Fantasy Baseball

1 decade 1 year 3 months ago Thursday, June 14 2007 Jun 14, 2007 Thursday, June 14, 2007 2:06:37 PM CDT June 14, 2007 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Attorneys representing Major League Baseball say that online fantasy baseball companies can't operate without paying license fees to the MLB. The attorneys made their comments today before a federal appeals panel of three judges in St. Louis. The MLB is appealing a lower court judgment last year that ruled St. Louis-based CBC Distribution and Marketing does not have to pay licensing fees to use players' names and statistics as fodder for online fantasy league games. The MLB says the company is exploiting the players' names to make money. An attorney representing CBC says the company simply uses public statistics to help players form their fantasy league rosters. The judges adjourned today's hearing and said they will rule at a later time.

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