NCAA Goes Medieval On Live Blogging

Wow. Just Wow.

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Fearing the practice of live blogging has the potential to draw fans away from actually watching or listening to the broadcast version of the game, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) isn’t just dictating whether live blogging can or cannot be performed during sporting events, but also how often.

The NCAA made headlines last June when it demanded the University of Louisville eject a Louisville Courier-Journal reporter for live blogging at a U of L versus Oklahoma State baseball game, claiming violation of live representation policies.

A Courier-Journal editor called the NCAA’s action "thuggery" and a violation of the First Amendment.

Well, that apparently had no impact on the NCAA’s viewpoint, as the policy was updated to include exactly what the rules were for live blogging. The rules apply to those the NCAA has granted credentialed access to the events. Violation still results in ejection, according to the posted PDF at the NCAA website, and possibly prosecution for criminal trespass.

So they really, really mean business I guess.

Anyone granted press credentials at events is also granted "the privilege to blog," but must submit the link to the NCAA and must post the ncaasports.com logo on the blog.

As for the events themselves, there are different blogging frequency rules for each of the 23 sports listed. If blogging a soccer game, you get five posts per half and one at halftime; for Men’s water polo, three per quarter, one at the half; for basketball, five times per half, one at halftime, two time per overtime period; for baseball, one per inning.

And on and on it goes. These approved postings include updates on scores and time remaining in other games, not just the one the blogger is attending.

Or else they’ll throw you out and maybe have you arrested for trespassing.

It’s been suggested that publications should refuse to bend the NCAA’s draconian rules and just buy tickets for their reporters rather than accepting press passes and the limitations that now come with them. But I imagine it won’t be long before the NCAA disallows or interferes with digital devices not operating on their terms. 

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