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Fantasy sport

harlie Wiegert, executive vice president of CBC. "The other leagues are all watching this case. If MLB prevailed, it just would have been a matter of time before they followed up. Their player unions are just waiting for the opportunity."[35]

CBC won the lawsuit as U.S. District Court Judge Mary Ann Medler ruled that statistics are part of the public domain and can be used at no cost by fantasy companies.

"The names and playing records of major-league baseball players as used in CBC's fantasy games are not copyrightable," Medler wrote. "Therefore, federal copyright law does not pre-empt the players' claimed right of publicity."[34]

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the decision in October 2007. "It would be strange law that a person would not have a First Amendment right to use information that is available to everyone," a three-judge panel said in its ruling.[36]

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the 8th Circuit Court's decision by declining to hear the case in June 2008.[37]

Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006

The online lotteries and horse/harness racing.

The bill specifically exempts fantasy sports games, educational games, or any online contest that "has an outcome that reflects the relative knowledge of the participants, or their skill at physical reaction or physical manipulation (but not chance), and, in the case of a fantasy or simulation sports game, has an outcome that is determined predominantly by accumulated statistical results of sporting events, including any non-participant's individual performances in such sporting events..."[38]

However, all prizing must be determined in advance of the competition and can not be influenced by the fees or number of participants. Fantasy sports are considered gambling and therefore illegal if the competition does not meet this rule: "prizes and awards offered to winning participants are established and made known to the participants in advance of the game or contest and their value is not determined by the number of participants or the amount of any fees paid by those participants." [39]

Popular sports

Picking teams instead of players

One way to play fantasy sports is to have each person pick teams from a league instead of players. There is a predetermined number of rounds and there is a predetermined number for how many times each team gets picked. When a person takes a turn, the player picks exactly one team and then it is the next person's turn to pick. Players may pick a team more than once, as long as that team is still available at least once.

An example of this type of fantasy league is using the 30 teams in Major League Baseball and having 12 players. Each person gets 10 teams total, counting repeats as many times as they happen. Each team gets picked exactly 4 times (12 players × 10 teams per player = 120 and 30 teams × 4 picks per team = 120). This calculation shows that there will be 120 total picks after exactly 10 rounds.

Each individual's score is determined by adding up the total number of regular season and postseason wins by the teams that they picked. If a team was picked more than once, that team's number of wins gets added into the calculation the number of times that the team was picked.

Once the postseason starts, players are awarded points based on their teams that made it to the postseason. Predetermined numbers of points are set to give to people based on the spots in the postseason that their teams had to begin the postseason with: the best record in the league, the second-best division winner in the league, the third-best division winner in the league, the first wild card spot, and the second wild card spot. Predetermined points are also given out based on the postseason results, such as League Championship Series losing teams, the World Series losing team, and the World Series winning team.

Once all points are added up for everyone, the final rankings are based on point totals, going from highest to lowest. (Predetermined tiebreakers would have to be set to avoid ties for any place.)


The Fantasy Sports Trade Association was formed in 1997 to represent the growing industry. Beginning in 2000, the FSTA has honored past members and contributors to fantasy sports with induction into its Hall of Fame. As of 2014, 17 men have been inducted into the FSTA Hall of Fame. They are:

  • 2000: Daniel Okrent, Inventor of Rotisserie Baseball
  • 2000: Glenn Waggoner, Editor, Rotisserie Baseball Handbook
  • 2000: Cliff Charpentier, Fantasy Sports Inc.
  • 2001: Greg Ambrosius, STATS, Inc.
  • 2001: John Dewan, STATS, Inc.
  • 2001: Charlie Wiegert, CDM Fantasy Sports
  • 2001: Bill James, Author and Sabermetrician
  • 2002: John Benson, Diamond Analytics Corporation
  • 2004: Peter Pezaris, Daedalus World Wide Corporation
  • 2006: Ron Shandler, Baseball HQ
  • 2011: Peter Schoenke,
  • 2011: Bill Winklebach, Founder, GOPPPL Fantasy Football League
  • 2011: Rick Wolf, Full Moon Sports Solutions
  • 2012: Matthew Berry, The Talented Mr. Roto
  • 2013: Paul Charchian, LeagueSafe
  • 2013: Glenn Colton, Dentons, U.S.
  • 2014: Rob Pythian, SportsData, LLC

The Fantasy Sports Writers Association was formed in 2004 to represent the growing numbers of journalists covering fantasy sports exclusively.[40] The Fantasy Sports Association was formed in 2006.

Montana Lottery to offer Fantasy Sports Wagering

In autumn 2008, the Montana Lottery, one of only four U.S. states to legalize sports betting, began offering fantasy sports wagering for the first time.

See also


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  32. ^ NBA Lawsuit -
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External links

  • Fantasy Sports at DMOZ
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