Next time you disagree with a member of your fantasy football league, take it to the courts. Founded by Marc Edelman, a preeminent sports law scholar and avid competitor in the exciting world of fantasy sports, SportsJudge.com brings the principles of dispute resolution into the realm of fantasy sports.
The acting lawyer and founder of SportsJudge.com, Marc Edelman, is a sports law professor at Seton Hall University and attorney at Dewey Ballantine LLP in New York. SportsJudge prides itself on providing the most avid and intense fantasy gamers with a dispute resolution method to make sure each problem ends with a proper solution. For example, Edelman previously worked on resolving disputes that arose when the servers at Yahoo crashed, resulting in many fantasy football leagues that had online drafts that day to lose those results.
"There's an importance in having an outside person resolve a dispute," said Edelman. "Past leagues have seen tons of fighting and angst over a decision ruled on by the commissioner. It is supposed to be fun and this allows [a league] to outsource the decision-making to a neutral third party."
One of a handful of Web sites that have popped up in recent years in response to the growing popularity and intensity of fantasy sports, SportsJudge and FantasyDispute.com, founded by California-based lawyer William Green, are two that take a law-based approach to fantasy disputes. For a per-decision fee ranging from $9.95 to $15, a "neutral fantasy expert" can rule on the propriety of trades or any other league dispute.
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August 21, 2008