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Talkin’ Baseball

September 3, 2009
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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.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. JoJo permalink
    September 3, 2009 2:35 pm

    good stuff, good stuff. glad to be thought of. it’s like existing in two places at once.

    i wonder, in general, whether anyone can declare that accounts or descriptions of their behavior requires express written consent. perhaps a policeman’s testimony that he caught me robbing a flower shop can be stricken from the record if i don’t give him permission to say that i did it.

    which i didn’t.

  2. David permalink
    September 3, 2009 2:45 pm

    Wasn’t it a dog fight or monkeys in a knife fight and not a bull fight?

    • JoJo permalink
      September 3, 2009 3:12 pm

      i think it was mr. burns’ monkey, furious george, who was in the knife fight, and who, according to moe after the fight, “ain’t pretty no more.”

  3. David permalink
    September 3, 2009 3:17 pm

    Thanks, JoJo. Nothing better than a Moe Cyzlak quote of that high quality to help us push through the rest of this slow Thursdee afternoon.

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