Posted at 9:17 AM on July 28, 2006
by David Zingler
According to the Star Tribune (the print edition at least, I was unable to locate in on-line), MLB is considering charging fantasy leagues to use (what they consider) their statistics. Yes, you heard me right. This would quickly lead to many smaller leagues folding and eventually, they hope, to a centralized, MLB operated fantasy league. I’m sure their product would be better and cheaper – just like goods and services in the old Soviet Union.
Who knows how far they could take this, the Star Tribune wondered if game shows like Jeopardy or board games like Trivial Pursuit would be affected. I meanwhile, always looking out for No. 1, shuddered to think about how it could change blogging or writing in general. Would we need to post links to MLB approved PayPal accounts to allow readers to access Joe Mauer’s batting average? If he were hitting .400, would we even know without opening our checkbooks? This is madness!
Our tax dollars fund the stadiums, we pay top dollar for tickets to enter them and then get gouged for concessions once we’re there – Now they want US to pay for statistics generated by basic mathematics. Yes, baseball is all about (getting) the fans (money).