Originally created 03/15/03

Company loses bid to reopen golf case



JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Jacksonville judge has blocked an attempt by Morris Communications Co., the parent company of The Augusta Chronicle, to reopen its case against the PGA Tour over the sale of live golf scores via the Internet.

Morris had claimed a right to syndicate real-time scores from Tour events, but U.S. District Judge Harvey Schlesinger dismissed the case in December, saying the scores are Tour property until they enter the public domain by showing up on the Tour's Internet site or television.

Morris asked to reopen the case, claiming that new restrictions on use of scores on pgatour.com limit information that Judge Schlesinger found was in the public domain.

In a new order Tuesday, the judge said that, regardless of the merits of the arguments, they are a separate issue, and Morris is free to file a new lawsuit.

In a separate order, Judge Schlesinger denied the Tour's request for attorney fees.