Charlie’s contributions to the Fantasy sports industry are extensive. In fact, most current industry operators have no idea how extensive. Even before the FSTA was created, Charlie organized meetings in St. Louis to begin the communication process between companies in a very young industry. He and CDM invested heavily and led efforts to help clarify legal and licensing issues, years before the FSTA or the MLBAM lawsuit. Without these early efforts, many of today’s content companies and game operators small, medium and large would not exist.
After 19 years in newspaper ad sales, much of which was also spent competing in fantasy leagues, Wiegert helped found CDM Fantasy Sports in 1991, starting a career as one of the pioneers of the booming national fantasy game industry. Wiegert turned a small company called Carol’s Fantasy Baseball into a large national service by aligning his company with national publication companies. He first produced fantasy games for The Sporting News and later branched out to include games for USA Today, Baseball Weekly, MSNBC, The Golf Channel and more. Wiegert is also a founding member of the FSTA and the winner of the 2000 FSTA Lifetime Achievement Award. He was inducted in the the FSTA Hall Of Fame in 2001 at Chicago conference.
Perhaps the most impactful segment of Wiegert’s career came in the courtroom. That was where his company in CBC Distribution and Marketing v. Major League Baseball Advanced Media assured fantasy operators everywhere the right to use player names and statistics in their games without having to pay rights fees to the leagues involved.
“Winning the lawsuit with MLBAM/MLBPA was the highlight of my career, and knowing that fantasy sports games will remain in the hands of game operators instead of the leagues is very satisfying,” Wiegert said. “Most fantasy sports players do not realize that the games they play and love would have been changed and/or eliminated without a positive decision.”
He has followed that up with well over 10 years of devotion to the FSTA Board, serving as a Executive board member and Treasurer.
Charlie’s company, CBC Distribution and Marketing (CDM Fantasy Sports), was acquired by Fun Technologies, and merged with Fanball. Fun Technologies was acquired by Liberty Media Corporation, and in June of 2011, the operation was closed. Charlie, with some former partners, acquired the assets of their original Salary Cap games, and began operating them again in March of 2011 as CDM Sports. Hundreds of Thousands of players have participated in these games since 1991, with over $60,000,000 in cash prizes awarded to the winners.