So, I’m reading this story…
The Indiana Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday on a case pitting fantasy sports companies against athletes who want compensation for the use of their names, photos and statistics.
The athletes point to state law that gives individuals the right to control how their names are used for commercial purposes. It’s called their “right of publicity.” But there are exceptions to the law.
The case has national implications for the emerging and massive market of legal sports betting. If the athletes prevail, it could open the door to players unions demanding licensing fees from legal casinos that use players for “proposition” bets. Those are based on an individual’s performance, such as whether someone will score a touchdown or hit a home run in a game.
… and a thought suddenly crystallizes in my brain: There is no “front of the jersey” issue with fantasy sports. It’s the antithesis of rooting for a college team. It’s all about making money off a player’s stats.
Still, I’m sure there’s some defense an amateurism romantic can come up with to deny compensation here. It’s probably a variation of Barack Obama’s “you didn’t build that” argument, amirite?