May 2nd, 2010

FSB Daily 5/2: British Court, British Fantasy, Pickemfirst

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

A roundup of items recently posted on the FSB News page.

- A British High Court recently ruled that the schedules for English Premier League soccer teams are copyrighted material, and thus cannot be freely displayed in outlets such as newspapers and non-EPL websites. The ruling came as part of a suit brought by the EPL against, among others, a British subsidiary of Yahoo!. The court apparently said the work that goes into building the schedule justifies a copyright. Could this ruling embolden an American sporting body?

- A British soccer fan has launched a fantasy game site that allows users to build teams of players from various European professional soccer leagues.

- The Pickemfirst browser add-on tool for fantasy owners is now available for Google Chrome as well.

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Yankees Even Dominate Name Game

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010 came out last week with the most-used fantasy baseball team names on its site, based on a random sampling of 100,000 leagues, and the Yankees were all over the top of the board.

Half of the top 20 ranked team names referred directly to MLB clubs, and five of those entries included “Yankees” or some popular nickname. Here’s the list …

1. Evil Empire
2. Springfield Isotopes/Isotopes
3. Chico’s Bail Bonds
4. Black Sox
5. Bronx Bombers
6. Yankees/New York Yankees
7. Bombers
8. Ball Busters
9. Red Sox/Boston Red Sox
10. Cubs/Chicago Cubs
11. Gashouse Gorillas
12. Chin Music
13. Mets/New York Mets
14. Roid Rage
15. Bad News Bears
16. Tigers/Detroit Tigers
17. Young Guns
18. Bulldogs
19. Brew Crew
20. Murderer’s Row

It’s nice to at least see spots 2 and 3 claimed by Simpsons and Bad News Bears fans.

Elsewhere on the list, fantasy players proved to be Dire Straits supporters, pushing “Sultans of Swing” into 95th place. Former champion weightlifter and mediocre pro wrestler Mark Henry also must own a lot of CBS teams, as “Sexual Chocolate” checked in at 195.

(For what it’s worth, a more entertaining list of fantasy team names can always be found here.)