Any rebroadcast, retransmission, or account of this game, without the express written consent of Major League Baseball, is prohibited.
There is an episode of The Simpsons where Homer and his friends take a boat out to international waters- the land that law forgot -in order to sell beer on a Sunday. Once they are safely out of Springfield’s jurisdiction, they encounter several ships full of people up to no good: a bullfight, cowboys brawling, and one otherwise quiet boat with a satellite dish.
Homer explains: See that ship over there? They’re rebroacasting Major League Baseball with implied oral consent, not express written consent. Or so the legend goes.
The good people at The Consumerist seem to have gotten the memo. There is a very funny post about a guy who tries to obtain MLB’s express written consent in order to describe a game to his friend. Well worth the short read.
This post is dedicated to JoJo, with thanks to Alexis for the link.