Law Center - POSTED: 2008/06/03 14:03
The $500 million a year fantasy sports business received a huge boost on Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from Major League Baseball and its players union over the use of player names and their statistics.
Without comment, the justices refused to step into the dispute, giving the owners and operators of countless sports fantasy companies the opportunity to operate without having to pay to be licensed by baseball.
Jeff Thomas, a Kenosha, Wis.-based operator of two fantasy sports Web sites and president of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, said the decision was a victory for free speech and "marks potentially the single biggest day in the history of the fantasy sports history."
In fantasy sports, participants act as owners or managers of a sports team, and track how the players they have perform statistically. The statistical performance is converted into points, which are compiled and totaled.