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STATS INC RESPONDS TO NBA LAWSUIT: STATISTICS ARE NEWS
Published March 19, 1996
STATS Inc. responded to the March 5 lawsuit filed against it and Motorola by the NBA over the alleged transmission of NBA highlights through the SportsTrax pager. STATS President & CEO John Dewan, from a release: "STATS is a news-gathering company just like a wire service, radio station, television network or newspaper. The difference between STATS and these other entities is that we report sports news in numbers rather than in words or pictures." Dewan continues, "STATS strongly believes that it has the legal right to disseminate factual statistical information, since such content is news. The statistics of sports have always been and must remain freely available to the public." Dewan notes that "a ruling in favor of the NBA would mean unprecedented restrictions on how statistics and other game information could be made available to the public in the future. The NBA could then claim ownership not just of news updates, but also of box scores, books about basketball that contain statistical analysis and even fantasy league information. This lawsuit challenges the very nature of media reporting in sports" (STATS Inc.).