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N.Y. TIMES SAYS NBA "FOULS FREE SPEECH"
Published October 22, 1996
An editorial in today's N.Y. TIMES says "free speech and the dissemination of sports news are taking a beating" in the battle between the NBA and Motorola and STATS, Inc. The N.Y. TIMES, which has filed a friend-of-the-court brief "supporting the right of Sports Trax to transmit 'bare-bones facts'" of NBA games, asserts the leagues's position "misreads the First Amendment" and "has unsettling implications for press freedom." From the editorial: "Basketball is an entertaining game. But basketball scores are news of the day. As such, they are the property of the public, not the NBA" (N.Y. TIMES, 10/22). FROM THE LEAGUE: Jeffrey Mishkin, the NBA's Exec VP/ Chief Legal Officer, is quoted by the AP on the STATS, Inc. case. Mishkin: "We're dealing with new technology here, just like television was new and radio was new, and we are competing with them" (AP/MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE, 10/22).