Sunday, September 07, 2008
All Your Yards Are Belong to Us (Good Lord, That’s Getting Old, Isn’t It?)
Fantasy football--for all you mini Al Davises out there--could become a very different thing in the future. Or, at least, it could be come a little bit more expensive.
Apparently the NFL Players Association believes player statistics are something that belong to the player and that operators of fantasy football sites, like CBS Interactive--owe the NFLPA a little bit of licensing money. Which seems mighty stupid to me.
CBS Interactive has filed a federal lawsuit in Minneapolis to clarify who can use the statistics that underlie fantasy football leagues.
CBS seeks a ruling saying that the players cannot control use of the publicly available numbers and cannot demand that CBS pay for their use.
Let’s just say that I’m on the CBS side of this argument.