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Monday, January 16, 2006

Why can newspapers sell baseball statistics content? -- The illogic of MLB's business

Well, here we go. Major League Baseball is working yet again to guard the use of baseball player statistics. What's so illogical about this is the terrific loophole that newspapers take advangtage of.

What do I mean?

Well, sports sections contain stats on players, right? Those same papers have annual fantasy contests based on what those same players do. Plus, those same papers make money off articles written abut the players and the stats they generate.

All this and baseball never touches them at all.

But MLB gives internet companies hell.

What if I have an internet company that reports baseball news using blogs, etc., but then has the same contests that offline newspapers have? Good idea, eh?

If I do that, MLB should not be able to touch me in court.

Right? Right?

I think so. Otherwise, it is a double standard that should not hold up in court.


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