BASEBALL DOESN'T MIND Web sites running fantasy leagues, so long as they kick back a few dollars in the right direction.
Those that don't? Well, they are hanging on to what's happening before the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis.
A lower court already has ruled in favor of CBC Distribution and Marketing Inc., a St. Louis-based company that is involved with running fantasy leagues without paying the tribute.
Major League Baseball's contention is that player names and statistics are luring customers to Web sites and it wants its cut. Many outlets, such as CBS Sportsline, ESPN and Yahoo, already pay annual fees to MLB.