It's hard to feel a great deal of sympathy for professional athletes who rake in millions, but should the companies getting fat on fantasy football, baseball and basketball be free to use their accomplishments without paying the players?
Yahoo thinks so. The NFL Player's Association doesn't. The result? Yahoo has sued the NFLPA for free access to player stats, publicity pics and other publicly available content.
Yahoo is emboldened by the recent success of CBS Interactive, which a federal appeals court ruled had the right to use NFL player names and stats free.
This followed another landmark ruling in the case pitting CBC Distribution and Marketing against the Major League Baseball Player's Association. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found in favor of CBC in that case, too.