NCAA Ejects Reporter For Live-Blogging A Game
from the owning-facts dept
Major League Baseball has been one of the worst offenders when it comes to claiming ownership of the “facts” of a game, claiming that any outside description of the game is a violation — which clearly goes beyond both the intent and the letter of the law. It appears that the NCAA college-level baseball is copying their big brother in this attitude. Logan alerts us to the news that the NCAA forbade any reporters at the college regionals from issuing any kind of live reports during the game, and then ejected a reporter who was live blogging the game. This is bizarre for any number of reasons — especially since live blogging sporting events has become quite popular in the last year or two and is seen as a great way for fans to remain connected to the game. It’s tremendously beneficial to the game, so it’s hard to see the complaint. At the same time, the newspaper who employs the reporter appears to be overreacting just as bit as well, claiming this is a First Amendment issue. The NCAA certainly has the right to determine who gets a press pass and what the conditions are for that press pass (no matter how dumb those conditions are). If the reporter wants to live blog the game while watching it from seats purchased by the newspaper or on TV, the NCAA couldn’t stop him. The NCAA isn’t preventing him from live blogging the game entirely — just from doing so with a press pass. It may be incredibly stupid, but it’s hardly a First Amendment violation.