Good thing there’s no WiFi
at the Oakland Coliseum

April 16, 2004
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I checked the fine print on the stub to my last A’s game ticket. Here’s what it says:

The holder is admitted on condition and by use of the ticket agrees, 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”); b) the club issuing the ticket is exclusive owner of all copyrights and other proprietary rights in the Game Information; and c) the club, Major League Baseball Properties Inc. and Major League Baseball Enterprises Inc. shall have the unrestricted right to use his or her likeness as included in any broadcast, telecast or photograph taken in connection wtih the game. Breach of the foregoing will automatically terminate this license.

So, if a bench-clearing brawl gets out of hand, a ticketholder is prohibited from calling 911 on a cellphone.

And by buying a ticket you give the team and the league the right to do whatever they please with your likeness.

So it’s just as well that we won’t be gathering at SBC (formerly PacBell) Park, which has free wireless allowing you to suck in all the content you want but forbids you from sending out anything pertinent to the purpose for going to the ballgame.

Of course you could always apply for express-written consent from the team and the league.

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