Will Fantasy Sports
always be Free?
So maybe you pay for your fantasy sports leagues because
there were some extra features a provider offered or you couldn’t find the free
version hidden underneath the pay version on Yahoo! But a good many do play
fantasy sports online or in leagues with their friends for free or for a pot of
money which gets paid out 100%. That may all change as player associates in a
number of sports are looking for some of the money for the use of their names
and/or the use of their statistics.
By Steve Patterson
case has been filed in Minnesota
by CBS to pre-empt an NFL Players suit to stop all parties from using player’s
statistics in online fantasy football leagues. The players want to control the
use of the information which CBS Interactive feels is public property and
cannot be protected. This argument seems to make a lot of sense and players
should not be able to exclude third parties from using information that could
easily be collected from watching the events themselves.
Players Association filed a similar suit in Missouri against a company that was using
fantasy stats for leagues without permission. They main difference is the
argument had to do with the names of the players being used and not the stats
themselves. This case was lost by the players which is somewhat shocking. The
argument for the use of the names seems to be winnable by all players
associations as not anyone can through the name of a famous player on a card
and sell it without the rights to do so.
Look for additional lawsuits to
follow as players try to control and profit from the use of their identities