Former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Christopher Correa has been sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for illegally accessing Ground Control, a cloud-based database that held the Houston Astros’ most important information on potential players.

The sentence in the unique hacking case is getting much attention due to its hefty length. "It is also likely the first ever cyber espionage prosecution relating to sports," says Edward McAndrew, a former federal cybercrime prosecutor and now partner with law firm Ballard Spahr.

"To see [cyberespionage] between two professional sports franchises in a way that was meant to enable one to get a competitive advantage is unparalleled in terms of its prosecution," McAndrew says.