PBA Scheds Now On GCalendar

I’m a big Gmail / Google Reader / Gcalendar / G everything freak, so I was semi excited to find out Google’s Calendar had ‘Sports’ categories now. Well guess what I found:

That’s right losers PBA fans! You can now update your google calendars with scheds of your fave PBA team without having to go to their glorious website!

Ok this is all neat and stuff, and we’ve yet to go into the league’s respective tournaments to realize their true worth, but let me tell you a little story this issue brings to mind.

A reader brought up with me a year ago re how I ‘plagiarize’ the PBA because I post scheds, game results, etc. See, there was a time when I was thinking of posting complete player and game stats on this site ala BasketballReference.com. I mean, there are certainly enough inquiries about previous players from longtime fans of the PBA here and abroad, so I made a formal query into this via email, to wit.

Dear Mr. ..,

Thank you for the (sending me) statistics. They are very useful for my publication. Is it possible however, to ask for (a) spreadsheet file instead? In other words, if you used Excel to send them, may I have a copy of these in xls format?

I hope you can accomodate my request. It is for the purpose of creating a database, and it is easier to transfer statistics in xls format than in pdf.

Thank you again and more power to you and the PBA.

Best Regards,
Gabriel Mercado

only to be told, and quite curtly at that:

sori not possible.
u should know why.

I asked why of course, but never got a reason ‘why’ he was ‘sori’.

Directly after which however, I got a series of emails from some person practically foaming at the mouth about how criminal my activities were, placing PBA statistics, game results and schedules on the site. There was no reasoning, no logic with this person. It wasn’t enough that I receive these as part of the press mailing list, and this info appeared in the next day’s newspapers anyway, and that I was doing PBA fans a favor (especially those abroad), by posting them ahead of time and on the ‘net for everyone to see quickly.

It was like having an argument with a crazed person on the street. I couldn’t get him to understand that you cannot copyright facts and tables of data, and the data itself is not ‘art’ or anything remotely like it. Plagiarism, defined as ‘taking someone’s words or ideas as if they were your own‘, does not apply in this case.

Was it one and the same person? I’ve no idea, but the timing was certainly interesting.

And more to this, delivering these statistics in a more efficient way than the league itself could obviously make the PBA even more popular! I mean, goodness, CBS Sports and Yahoo!, 2 of my favorite RSS feeds, use statistics and schedules from the NBA all the time. In other words, they take info from the NBA and make it their own. The end result being better coverage of the league, more insight, and more reason for me (and not to mention those who read this blog) to watch it.

And if said data really was copyrighted and considered private, then why not reply to me in a formal manner befitting that of my initial email? What’s with the attitude?

Obviously I lost interest in my project idea after that, but from time to time I can’t help wondering why the heck that had to happen. If anything, it gave me a look into the kind of people running the show, and realized, if the PBA is floundering, why they are.

So I tell you what, PBA. Now that Google is gonna post team scheds (and possibly scores and stats soon) and the like, how you like dem apples? Are they ‘plagiarizing’ you too?