01/13/10 3:04 PM EST
SABR opposes 'sabermetrics' trademark
Organization to file motion to keep term in public domain
By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com
SABR filed a request for extension of time to file an opposition last Wednesday with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in hopes of eventually stopping Deep Focus Inc. from trademarking the widely used baseball term, according to a news release sent out by SABR.
"We believe sabermetrics is a generic term and should remain in the public domain," SABR Executive Director John Zajc said in a statement. "SABR is part of a larger movement toward open-source sharing of information. Having a private company own a federal trademark registration for a term in common use in our industry is not in line with that philosophy."
Sabermetrics was coined by statistician Bill James, who first introduced the word to readers of his "Abstract" in 1980, and is described as the mathematical and statistical analysis of baseball records. Most Major League teams currently use sabermetrically derived statistics as part of their player evaluations, and players, team executives, the media and fans alike frequently use the term.
In addition, sabermetrics has expanded as a generic term to describe the application of mathematical and statistical reasoning to a problem -- a method that has been taught at colleges such as Columbia University, Bowling Green State University, the United States Military Academy and others, according to the release.
SABR is "an international, member-driven organization whose mission is to foster the research, preservation, and dissemination of the history and record of baseball," the news release stated.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.