Sports Data Policies Could Represent Next Big Antitrust Challenge For Pro Sports Leagues

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Forbes—As Major League Baseball and the NBA seek to centralize ownership of game data and force business partners to acquire this data, both leagues place themselves at reasonable risk of an antitrust challenge.

Culture shift: MLB is only pro sports league in North America to have paternity leave policy. Paternity leave is very important, but until 2011, most MLB players opt out of taking it because it put their team’s in a tough spot. Less than two hours before the White Sox played the Indians in Cleveland on April 2, shortstop Tim Anderson received a text from his wife, Bria. “Get here now,” it read. Bria was going into labor. Anderson dropped everything and rushed to the Cleveland airport. He jumped on the first flight back to Chicago. Despite his best efforts, Anderson didn’t make it for...