Say goodbye to my award-winning live blogging ….

… OK, maybe not an award-winning live blog segment, but fans who follow our local teams playing in championship games are never out of the loop with up-to-the-minute updates such as my live blogging from last season’s CIF-Southern Section Division V baseball championship game pitting Maranatha vs. Woodcrest Christian.

That night, CIF-SS spokesman Thom Simmons informed me the Southern Section would soon take action and restrict live blogging this upcoming season. This much I had already seen coming since other high school sports governing bodies were doing the same in other states, a ruiling that will affect the way we cover sports in this ever-evolving digital era.

So, say goodbye to our live blogging. The Southern Section office released this statement today:


Each Credential Holder (including television, Internet, new media, and print publications) has the privilege to blog during competition through the Credential Entity.

However, the blog may not produce in any form a “real-time” description of the event. Real-time is defined by the CIF-SS as a continuous play-by-play account or live, extended live/real-time statistics, or detailed description of an event. Live-video/digital images or live audio are not permitted.

Each of the aforementioned descriptions is exclusive to the CIF-SS Web site and/or any other Web site designated by the CIF-SS and its rights holders.
Periodic updates of scores, statistics or other brief descriptions of the competition throughout the event are acceptable.

Credential Holder agrees that the determination of whether a blog is posting a real-time description shall be in the CIF-SS’ sole discretion. If the CIF-SS deems that a Credential Holder is producing a real-time description of the contest, the CIF-SS reserves all actions against Credential Holder, including but not limited to the revocation of the credential.

If media intend to blog at a CIF-SS championship event, the media entity must indicate so through the credentialing process.

Any media entity posting a blog during a CIF-SS championship must submit a direct link to the blog to www.cifss.org. In return, all media entities entering a blog must post the CIF-SS logo/link on their site. All blogs must be free of charge to readers. All must adhere to the conditions and limitations of this CIF-SS Blogging Policy.

Video “blogging” of a CIF-SS event may not exceed more than 15 total minutes in duration and cannot include consecutive game action.

The CIF-SS and its designated championship personnel shall be the final authority on whether a Credential Holder or Credential Entity is following the CIF-SS Blogging Policy.

  • tcchamps

    Its time to go underground. Perhaps we can all get an enigma decoder or you can blog secret messages to all the followers.

    For instance, Wound my heart with a monotonous langor, could be code for M-Town just scored from the red zone and is now beating the Rams 21 10 in the second quarter with 7:10 to go in the half.

  • Miguel Melendez

    LOL!!! Hilarious, TC. Maybe I can blog incognito, no?

  • tcchamps

    Miguel:

    I thought you were already blogging incognito. Perhaps that was chky.

  • Desert Rat

    Say hello to Twitter…….tweet, tweet!

  • Goldenarm

    sorry….technology won’t be held back.

    The Cat has left the box – and he ain’t goin back in.

    Once again CIF attempts to control what they cannot.

    Look for bootleg or black op sites to rise up quicker than a Breakfast Jack on the first day of Hell Week.

  • saywhat

    Is this anything like your award winning top five running backs, where one of your top five is already graduated. You do take the cake for award winning mistakes though, and you still haven’t changed it, ever heard of a correction, or do you just leave your errors up for days?

  • Desert Rat

    To GA:

    I totally agree with you. This is my problem with CIF…..they want to try and control and “own” content but they don’t do hardly enough to sell these kids. If you’re going to hoard, then you better have a real good plan, but I don’t see it. They’re a governing body…they’re not in the news business. I mean look at them… they can’t even put out rankings without making it a PDF file. There website is archaic. They really need to stop mettling with stuff like this. They should embrace new media and go back to screwing everything else up.

  • Amused Reader

    Leave it to the old CIF. Their website sucks but they don’t want live info blogged? Why, so the baseball games or lower division that aren’t being shown anywhere can’t be followed? Great job CIF. Isn’t Tom Simmons the excercise guy?

  • eagleball

    Does CIF believe this to be “intelectual property”? Guys(credentialed or un?) are blogging from MLB/NFL…(fill in your favorite acronym) events all of the time. Seems to me their resources and “big” thinkers could put their energies toward something that matters. What a cloud of smoke! Sheesh!!!!

  • Miguel Melendez

    Saywhat:

    So by your take I’m still an award-winning journalist. Nice. Thanks, dude!

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