Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Web 2.0 Becoming Real-er: NFL Fantasy Players (CBS) vs. NFL Real Players


Last June, the NHL sued Madison Square Garden over "new media issues". This was really interesting to me recalling the struggle a decade ago to convince customers on how valuable the web would be. Something that didn't have a business model 10 years ago has become something worth suing over today.

Today I read that CBS is being sued by the NFL Players association over statistics usage for their fantasy football. CBS stopped paying a usage fee for the stats back in February after seeing that others using fantasy baseball stats freely won their case in court.

All of this wouldn't be possible without people being able to congregate and share online. As more and more things that we love in our real lives become virtual like Guitar Hero and Grand Theft Auto (OK, that one not so much) we'll see the rights to content being haggled over.

Having nothing to do with rights to content...what exactly is that guy on the Vikings doing to the guy on the Packers in Madden in the picture above?

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