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Take me out to the [proprietary information deleted]

The other day, Your Humble Blogger went to see a Major League Baseball game. I'd tell you more, but on the back of the ticket it says:

By the use of this ticket, the ticket holder agrees that: (A) He or she shall not transmit or aid in transmitting any information about the game to which it grants admission, including, but not limited to, any account, description, picture, video, audio, reproduction or other information concerning the game (the "game information") ...

So, I'm not allowed to tell you who won, or who played, or what the score was. I would not have been able to say, in response to a question from a fellow in a nearby seat who took his eyes off the play, whether it was the second baseman or the shortstop who got the putout on a caught stealing (not that I'm saying there was one; that would be "game information").

I think I can say, without violating the above, that I had a good time. I'm not sure; perhaps I should check with my attorneys first.

Thank you,


Guess they're tired of people talking up the Sox in Boston.

What do you do in response to such an outrageous assertion of control over what you say and do??

Well, I laughed at it.

It's totally unenforceable; if MLB really tried to take me to court for telling you about the caught stealing, based on the agreement I entered into on the back of the ticket stub, they would lose. Lose, lose, lose. That dog won't hunt.

On the other hand, when you go to a movie, is there an agreement on the back of the stub that says you won't videotape the screen on your camcorder and sell the tape? I honestly don't know, as I haven't been to a movie in a while, and don't seem to have any leftover stubs in my hatband. It's still against the law, but somehow I doubt it's the subject of a license/ticket. It doesn't need to be, and it wouldn't be any more illegal if it were.

So the goofy "legal language" on the stub is outrageous, yes, but mostly (like much of MLB corporate management) risible.

On another hand, it's a bit scary that there's anybody, anywhere, who doesn't find that language goofy, and who, in fact, wrote it in all seriousness, caused it to be printed on millions of tickets, and presumably thinks it has some actual effect (other than the chortling).


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