No Blogging, Tweets or Videos Allowed When Attending SEC College Games

Filed as News on August 17, 2009 10:26 pm

sec-logoThe Southeastern Conference is expected to ban social media for fans in a bid to protect its exclusive deal with media companies ESPN and CBS. In clear this means that fans will not be allowed to blog, tweet, upload (live) videos or even update their Facebook status during games. Both companies are paying the conference $3m for the broadcast rights over the next 15 years.

In the actual digital era it is not new anymore for news to be broken on the popular social media platforms and often games can be followed on Twitter or on many a fan page on Facebook. Sometimes live video finds it way to streaming platforms such as Qik or captures are uploaded only minutes after important events to Youtube. The SEC now calls these fan activities illegal.

Ticketed fans can’t produce or disseminate (or aid in producing or disseminating) any material or information about the Event, including, but not limited to, any account, description, picture, video, audio, reproduction or other information concerning the Event.

Is the SEC effectively trying to protect its revenue stream or actually censoring the fans?

Source: Tampabay.com via Mashable.

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  1. By Jeff posted on August 18, 2009 at 12:25 am
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    It’s a little crazy to think they can even CONSIDER that kind of a ban. I understand the intent, but are they going to confiscate every cell-phone or mobile device that enters the arena/stadium? Are there going to be “police” patrolling looking for people texting? And then how will they know if it’s someone setting up a movie date vs “illegal fan action”.

    It’s crazy. If anything, people tweeting and facebooking can LEND to the excitement of a live game and possibly make people want to attend.

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  2. By RaceDriven posted on August 18, 2009 at 12:40 am
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    I have a question, how are they really going to stop fans from using social media during the event? I mean all you need is a cell phone, with a cell phone you can text to anyone, tweet, post to facebook & blog, take pictures and video.

    Are they really crazy enough to ban cell phones? That will not even stop fans from specking or communicating, that is like trying to stop a stampede.

    Good luck to them, but while I understand that they have an exclusive deal with media companies ESPN and CBS and want them to get it out first, its not right to restrict the fans so much…no pictures, no video, no tweets, no blogging, no texts…your restricting the media coverage of your event, its not the fans fault that they get things out faster then the tradional media does, welcome to the new age.

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  3. By breitling watches posted on August 18, 2009 at 1:16 pm
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    All you need is a cell phone, with a cell phone you can text to anyone, tweet, post to facebook & blog, take pictures and video.

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  4. By CJ posted on August 19, 2009 at 2:43 am
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    I hope every fan going to the first SEC came this season takes their cell phone out and starts texting, tweeting, FBing, blogging, snapping pics…etc. What are they going to do, escort everyone out of the stadium? Wow that would make for an exciting game with no fans in the stadium.

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  5. By CJ posted on August 19, 2009 at 2:44 am
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    I hope every fan going to the first SEC game this season takes their cell phone out and starts texting, tweeting, FBing, blogging, snapping pics…etc. What are they going to do, escort everyone out of the stadium? Wow that would make for an exciting game with no fans in the stadium.

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  6. By Zack posted on August 19, 2009 at 1:17 pm
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    They announced that the’re now backing off this, and
    will be more lenient on personal distribution.
    The deal is with CBS for the next 15 years for
    $3 billion.

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