We have seen, in the last couple of decades, fantasy sports grow from Canadian hockey drafts and friendly baseball leagues into huge-dollar web fantasy contests and fantasy football and basketball leagues that consume large chunks of time for many, from college students to bored office workers in cubicle farms.â†µâ†µ
That, naturally, can lead to disputes between team owners in a league. Should a trade be allowed to be consummated? Are your fellow owners colluding against you?â†µâ†µ
CBS is solving your problem, but it could be argued that they're taking "fantasy sports" to an entirely new and unnecessary level. The TV network is now casting for "Fantasy Court", which will supposedly mediate disputes between fantasy league participants:â†µâ†µ
Both litigants must appear and each litigant can bring one witness. We are looking for litigants who have big colorful personalities and are extremely passionate about Fantasy Sports. Disputes do not have to be interpretations of league charters. They can be over verbal contracts, collusion, trades, or any other Fantasy league related conflict, especially if you think it will make good viewing. You will have to agree to binding arbitration by CBSSports.com's judge. You must be willing to come to New York City sometime during the first two weeks of April.â†µâ†µ
According to the link, this is limited to fantasy baseball and football leagues -- for now. And the decision isn't fantasy -- that paragraph says it's "binding arbitration".â†µâ†µ
Good TV or another sign of our society's decline? You make the call -- and don't take that to arbitration.