FILE PHOTO: Mar 5, 2020; Fort Myers, Florida, USA; Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker (12) tips his hat as Boston Red Sox center fielder Kevin Pillar (5) looks on prior to the game during spring training at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Friday threw out a lawsuit seeking to hold Major League Baseball, the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox liable to DraftKings fantasy baseball bettors for the sport’s sign-stealing scandal.
Although both teams “shamelessly” used electronic devices to steal signs, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan said statements by the teams and baseball commissioner Rob Manfred about the sport’s integrity did not make them liable to DraftKings participants who wagered on tainted games.
Rakoff also found no legal obligation for the defendants to disclose the practice, and that supposed denials by now-fired Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow that…
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