glcmustliveon wrote:My stance was that the MLB is making a HUGE mistake in pushing out some fantasy leaguers, I didnt say they didnt have the right, because frankly I dont know if they do, but what I am saying is they are going to lose more in the long run by pushing out fantasy players who watch more baseball than any other group. Understand?
yah, i get it. and i got it before. and like i said before, it's exactly the same argument made re: music and napster. this is just from a random article i found on google:
Until 2004, the last time the industry saw increased sales was when the original Napster exploded onto the scene. Napster was the vehicle for millions of pirated songs, but it also helped bring focus from many consumers onto the music market, and more than one study showed at the time that Napster users bought more CDs than non-users.
"Because Napster users are music enthusiasts, it's logical to believe that they are more likely to purchase now and increase their music spending in the future," Jupiter analyst Aram Sinnreich said in a statement in association to a study it released in July of 2000.
it's the same thing.
and the case for the consequences of this is being overstated a bit. because i don't think the $2MM royalty will stay constant after the intellectual property rights will be established. and you have to consider a provider's work arounds. to the extent that there is a protectable interest, it probably lies with the publicity rights of the players. so a provider could probably provide a website that tracked the stats of, "RHP, Bos, #38" and give a feature that you could name your players and, well, if you chose to call him Curt Schilling, who are they to complain.