Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Swirve Baseball RIP

Last month, I reported that Major League Baseball had purchased the rights to all fantasy baseball on the internet here. I was worried that this may have lead to negative changes as seen by the fantasy baseball player. These negative consequences are starting to show up. Swirve baseball has announced that they won't be able to play a season.

Here is their announcement:

Due to a new standards and restrictions set by Major League Baseball and Major League Baseball Advanced Media, we will not be able to offer a 2005 Fantasy Baseball game. We apologize for this inconvenience and disagree with MLB's policy on these matters.

However, at this time, MLB-AM requires that we pay for the right to use player names in any of our games. We do not believe this is their legal right, but have no desire to litigate this matter with them and believe the fees they charge are unreasonable.

In the meantime, we will continue to offer our football and college basketball related games, and are looking for other options for interactive sports games we can provide.

Its sad that because of corporate greed, fantasy sports fans lose one option. I hope there are not more fantasy baseball games that die out and I hope this trend does not stretch into other sports like hockey.

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