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MetsOnline.net site administrator Bryan Hoch -- a 20-year-old college student at the State University of New York at Rockland -- received a cease-and-desist order via electronic mail from Major League Baseball Properties dated July 25, 2002.

The e-mail ordered Hoch to deactivate MetsOnline.net and transfer its domain name, as well as all information regarding its operations, to MLBP effective 5 p.m. July 30. The order also threatened Hoch with further legal action to recover appropriate compensation for use of the Mets marks. Note: When Hoch placed a call to a Mets official, he was told that not only that the Mets were unaware of MLBP's actions, but that: "We really appreciate our fan sites, because they promote the game and our product. We hope you'll be able to keep on doing what you've been doing, and that's creating a great resource for Mets fans."

This was a fan site Not a gripe site.  The website publisher shut down the site.

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AstrosDaily.com
Received not-so-nice letter from MLB. The publisher considered shutting down the site until he received a flood of supportive e-mail.  This is a fan site Not a gripe site. 
 
Bronx-Bombers.com
N.Y. Yankees fan site--also received nasty letter from MLB, insisting he surrender his domain name.  This was a fan site Not a gripe site. 
  eMailTheRays.com
Fan site for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Received nasty letter from MLB. Discontinued posting fan letters to the Rays.  This was fan site Not a gripe site. 
 

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