Once again, the MLB Advanced Media goons have cracked down on an entity that has given baseball and the Cubs free publicity for the last six years.â†µâ†µ
The guys at Cubscast have been doing podcasts discussing the Cubs since 2004. Earlier this year, they started a similar podcast for the Minnesota Twins called, obviously enough, Twinscast.â†µâ†µ
That got the attention of MLBAM -- who, at one point, even declared that they were upset that the sites were using team colors. Since when can colors be trademarked or copyrighted?â†µâ†µ
This is a chilling thought for people not connected with teams who blog or podcast about professional sports teams. Where does it stop? It's not as if the Cubs didn't know about this site -- these guys had booths at the Cubs Convention more than once.â†µâ†µ
Details on exactly what happened to Cubscast can be found here, at Chicago Sports In Haiku. You can find out more in Cubscast's farewell note (click on "Note From Lou" at that link), and listen to their final podcast here.â†µâ†µ
Yes, they probably could have continued under a different name. But MLB has, in the opinion of the Deep Dish, come down way too hard on some nice guys who were giving them and one of their teams free publicity.