There’s No Live Blogging In Baseball
It’s not often you see the word "thuggery" in the news – in fact, MS Word’s never even heard of it. It’s rarer that you hear that word in conjunction with blogging, even you might expect it in the sports world these days.
|“There’s No Live Blogging In Baseball”|
A Louisville Courier-Journal reporter was ejected from a University of Louisville baseball game (can’t believe I’m saying this: Go Cards! On to the College World Series after thumping Oklahoma State 20-2 – What? No mercy rule in college play?) for live-blogging the event.
Chalk this one up to ridiculously pedantic, pettifoggerous, and over-killed enforcement of NCAA guidelines. Brian Bennet, the C-J reporter furiously blogging his analysis from the press stands was asked (okay, told) to leave the game because live blogging was a violation of NCAA policies against simulcasting and live representations of the game.
The U of L staff said if they didn’t eject him, they’d lose their ability to host further NCAA baseball games – an excuse C-J executive editor Bennie Ivory called "extortion and thuggery."
Yeah. Thuggery! A word like that gives this story a decidedly Southern feel.
Ivory also said it was a First Amendment violation, which might be a more difficult case to prove than the thuggerous (heh) actions of the NCAA.