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