N.Y. TIMES SAYS NBA "FOULS FREE SPEECH"
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).