The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit denied a petition by MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM) and the MLB Players Association (MLBPA) to rehear their case against CDM Fantasy Sports (parent company CBC Distribution and Marketing, Inc), a third such victory for the St. Louis based fantasy sports company. The MLBPA and MLBAM have been working to reverse a lower court ruling that allows for fantasy sports companies to use player names in conjunction to their statistics without a license from MLBAM.
There was no explanation in the one-page ruling. (see the ruling here - PDF)
The denial by the Eighth Circuit simply reads:
The petitions for rehearing en banc are denied. The petitions for rehearing by the panel are also denied.
(See document library on the “Fantasy Stats Case”)
As reported by Eric Fisher of the Sports Business Journal:
The only recourse left for the union and MLBAM is to seek a writ of certiorari to have the case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. Union officials did not have an immediate comment, while MLBAM referred questions on the case to the players.
For more on the Fantasy Stats Case, read:
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