slomo007 wrote:shortsavage wrote:I have a ton of ideas for draft-help related software (might start working on some sort of product this summer).
From my meetings with legal advisors to date, I have discovered one big speed bump. The licensing process for this kind of stuff is REALLY expensive. And if you don't get exclusive rights to your product, one of the big shots could easily rip it off, as the Cafe Fantasy Baseball would have to contain some big improvements (besides being free) to really absorb a decent chunk of the market.
I think you hit the nail on the head here. Wouldn't you have to buy the MLBPA and STATS inc licenses? I highly doubt they're cheap.
that is where you get screwed the lincensing, player names, and making sure you have your stuff copyrighted. You would also need a bigger sever than the cafe currently has. The problem is, you would not get a big enough market share (at least in the first couple of seasons) to pay for all of the expenses (which will be greatest while the software is being devolped).