NYT: Leagues see bloggers in the bleachers as a threat

Interesting story in today’s New York Times about leagues implementing rules on where game videos are broadcast and photos are published.

This is very similar to how the CIF-Southern Section set restrictions on live blogging of playoff and championship events

From The New York Times:

The dispute has reached high school sports. In Wisconsin, for example, Gannett, the newspaper chain that owns The Post-Crescent in Appleton, Wisc., has been enmeshed for months in a legal battle with the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association.

The controversy touches on a number of issues, including the live streaming of games, the definition of live blogging and the ownership of photographs taken during games.

“They are challenging our authority to run our tournaments,” said Todd Clark, a spokesman for the athletic association.

Debate over in-game blogging has been particularly contentious in Wisconsin. Last year, the athletic association sent $100 invoices — the fee it charges radio stations to cover games — to newspapers that it determined were publishing play-by-play blogs. The newspapers ignored the bills.

“It was absolutely ludicrous,” said Peter Fox, the executive director of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association. “You can’t do play-by-play in a blog. You can’t type that fast, for crying out loud.”

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  • Jaz-O

    F all the state athletic commissions….complete jokes!

  • Jaz-O

    F all the state athletic commissions….complete jokes!

  • sieg heil

    This is worse than our late friend Josef Goebbels’ work. Booooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!


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