Major League Baseball is on a winning streak...at least, in the courts. While the popularity of the sport has crested, MLB can point to the fact that the courts have ruled that the government did not have the right to grab the steroid data MLB collected in 2004. It's the fourth time the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled on the issue during six years of litigation.
Why MLB did not destroy the data in anonymous testing is still not known, but apparently the 104 players who tested positive will not be found out...at least for now. The data siezed will now be turned back to the lab unless an appeal is made to the U.S. Supreme Court. The latest rulings of that court would likely leave the government losing again.
The data was going to further the government's investigation into doping in the sport. Apparently all non investigative parties involved do not want to learn more about doping in sports. It's a great message to send to the public.