It’s become so commonplace in the United States that a television network developed an entire, six-season comedy based on the premise of friends in a fantasy football league (aka ).While you can’t deny its popularity, there’s also no other game — save March Madness, again — that generates as negative an impact on business as fantasy football.It’s revolutionized the way fans watch the sport in the 52 years in between, allowing football enthusiasts to see the game in a completely differently light while going beyond the simple win-lose formula.The competition gives anybody the ability to draft and manage a football team they way they see fit, albeit at a much smaller level and with far fewer teams.CBC won at the district court level and again at the appeals court level, which held that the company's "first amendment rights in offering its fantasy baseball products supersede the players' rights of publicity." The lawsuit asks the court to declare that Yahoo's fantasy game business does not violate any rights of publicity owned or controlled by the players group, and prevent the players group from interfering with or threatening Yahoo's fantasy game business.
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The court in that case found that CBS Interactive didn't have to pay for use of football players' names or statistics because the information was already in the public domain.
The players association is currently appealing that decision.
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