15 million+ adults play fantasy baseball........spending 150- million dollars.
MLB has changed the landscape for fantasy baseball this season.
They have won a battle to charge fantasy sites for the right to use players name and their stats.
MLB contends players batting averages and stats are historical facts that cannot be used freely.
Do you agree?
MLB reached a $50-million agreement with the player's association giving baseball exclusive rights to license statistics. MLB is requiring fantasy sites to buy a license. I'm told they are asking for $2+ million, that's up from $25k last season.
As a result this season...ONLY five sites will be running fantasy baseball leagues: MLB.COM, ESPN.COM, YAHOO.COM, SPORTINGNEWS.COM, CBSSPORTSLINE.COM.
MLB contends that intellectual property law makes it illegal for fantasy player operators to "commercially exploit the identities and statistical profiles" of big league players.
I know that's not the easiest in the world to read, but I was wondering if anyone knows anything about this. Are they really charging over $2 million per site this year for licensing rights?
I knew there was talk about this earlier in the year, but I never heard any resolution. Can anyone verify any sites other than those mentioned forsure have leagues running this year?