According to the AP:
"CBS Interactive has filed a federal lawsuit in Minneapolis to clarify who can use the statistics that underlie fantasy football leagues.
The lawsuit filed earlier this week claims the NFL Players Association has threatened to sue the company if it does not pay licensing fees for the statistics.
CBS seeks a ruling saying that the players cannot control use of the publicly available numbers and cannot demand that CBS pay for their use.
A call to the attorney for the players association was not immediately returned Friday.
In a case involving a Missouri-based company's fantasy baseball games, Major League Baseball players argued they should be paid for the commercial use of their names. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis ruled against them earlier this year."
Short rant today.
Of all the moneygrubbing, stupid things... So players should be paid for the use of their names in periodicals and the Internet. If this was such an important issue to the NFLPA, why didn't they go after newspapers years ago?
I guess this means that any publisher would have to pay a royalty to print a news story using the player's name. Sorry, we can't publicize your players anymore...can't use their names. Yeah, Roger Goodell's gonna love that.
I have a solution. Use the player's number instead of his name. Then, all you'd have to do is go to the team's website to get the player's number so you could decode the stats.
This is why the court system is choked.