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ONLINE NEWS & NOTES: ROCKIES TAKE PUBLISHER TO COURT
Published September 18, 1997
The Rockies asked a Denver District Court judge "to temporarily stop" local Web publisher Robert Lewis from producing his baseball Web page, arguing that it "infringes" on the team's trademarks and "confuses Internet users," according to Leyla Kokmen of the DENVER POST. Lewis publishes a CO Tourism & Sport site at www.rockies.com, which links to www.blakestreet.com, his "Colorado Baseball Daily" page. Rockies attorney Tom Kelley: "We want to prevent Mr. Lewis and his company from using the Rockies' trademark -- Rockies and Colorado Rockies -- to identify himself and his product." Lewis' attorneys argue that he "has made changes" to his online site, including "adding disclaimers, dropping use of the Rockies' logo and colors, changing the name from The Daily Rockies' Web to Colorado Baseball Daily, and removing the newsletter from rockies.com, although the sites are still linked." But Kelley said that Internet users "still associate rockies.com with Lewis' baseball site." The team does not currently have a Web site, but it "expect[s] to launch one by the end of October." A December trial is set (DENVER POST, 9/18). NEW TENNIS NET: The Corel WTA Tour unveiled its redesigned site at www.corelwtatour.com. The site, rebuilt with MD-based American Cities Studios, features new player audio and video interviews and features, up-to-date tournament results, press conference transcripts, player action photos, an educational section geared towards youngsters, interactive games and a ticker with up-to-date Tour news, among other features. Future plans include a shopping mall area, full motion video, real-time scores and multilingual sections (Corel WTA Tour). ON ICE: NHL ICE celebrates its one-year anniversary on October 4, and for the coming season, following every game, NHL.com will produce a 90-second video highlight of that game. NHL ICE also plans to introduce the NHL/IBM Real Time Scoring System -- the NHL's first program for electronically tabulating on-ice activity during a hockey game (NHL ICE). DEVIL OF A SITE? The Devil Rays launched www.devilray. com, developed by FL-based WebLink Communications. The team is using "www.devilray.com" because "www.devilrays.com" was claimed by FL businessman Joe Rossetto for $100. Rossetto "offered to sell the address for what [team general counsel John] Higgins said was $50,000." The team declined and Higgins said, "Basically, we weren't going to pay 50 grand for an s" (Marc Topkin, ST. PETE TIMES, 9/16).