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NCAA slightly ease live blogging restrictions amidst professional ridicule

NCAA slightly ease live blogging restrictions amidst professional ridicule

A couple of weeks ago I reported on the NCAA’s decision to expel a journalist who was live blogging a baseball game.

The NCAA has now relaxed its harsh restrictions on what can be blogged live from a match, saying that live blogging is allowed so long as it’s restricted to the score and time remaining.

Sorry, did I say “relaxed”? Perhaps that’s rather optimistic.

Some professionals have ridiculed the NCAA’s decision.

“There were two guys blogging at our championship game,” a pro league executive said. “We had to take them outside and shoot them.”

Chris Botta, the vice-president of communications for the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders, noted that coverage on any platform is generally a good thing for a team or league.

“In this day and age, there are so many ways to get the score of the game,” he said. “On the Internet, satellite. I would hope nobody would overreact the way the NCAA did.”

The Courier-Journal, whose reported was ejected, has not yet taken any legal action against the NCAA, but John Fleischaker, their lawyer, says that the issue needs to be resolved.

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“I’m hard pressed to believe the NCAA has really thought this through,” he said. “I think they run a risk – I hope they run a risk that the media finally say we’re not going to do it, we’re not going to cover the games.”

It’s still a minefield when it comes to blogging live events, but one that will only get worse if the issues aren’t resolved now.

(Via Globe and Mail and First Amendment Center)

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