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U.S. Court Precedents On Sports Data Could Haunt Professional Leagues

Federal court rulings in New York and Missouri could become an albatross around the neck of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Major League Baseball (MLB) as their lobbyists attempt to persuade state legislatures to restrict the sources of data that can used by sports-betting operators.

On January 30, 1997, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City rejected the NBA’s lawsuit to block Motorola, the multinational telecommunications company, and its partner STATS, a sports information firm, from updating scores of NBA games on wireless pagers.

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