SBJ/September 26 - October 2, 2005/Other News

Mediation in fantasy dispute moved

A mediation hearing in the legal dispute between St. Louis-based CDM Fantasy Sports and MLB Advanced Media was rescheduled from last week to Oct. 24 because of scheduling conflicts.

Originally set for Sept. 20, the hearing stems from a federal lawsuit filed by CDM in which the company is trying to establish raw baseball statistics attached to player names as part of the public domain.

MLBAM, now working in an online partnership with the MLB players’ union, contends that the commercial use of player names for fantasy games without a license infringes upon their rights.

The delay was not unexpected and is due specifically to attorneys from Harness, Dickey & Pierce, the firm representing CDM, being tied up in trial for other clients in an unrelated case. The CDM-MLBAM dispute remains closely watched and is expected to have significant ramifications on the fantasy sports industry once settled.

— Eric Fisher

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