University Reprimands Reporter For Livetweeting Basketball Game
from the because-who-would-ever-want-to-watch-the-game-when-you-have-140-character-update dept
I’m always amazed at what people who run sports teams think will draw away people’s interests. For years, sports teams have tried to make it more difficult for people to get information about sports other than by attending games lives directly. They’ve tried instituting blackouts (especially if games aren’t sold out) for local TV, sued services that (accurately) report scores in realtime and many other things all of which seem to be based on the ridiculous belief that if people can get some info about a game from another source, they won’t actually want to go see the game. This, to put it simply, seems really stupid, and shows little understanding of how sports and fans work. Sports fans love the sport and would like to see it live when they can, but when they can’t, those alternatives offer a way to keep them connected and keep them interested.
This “can’t give away too much” attitude has gone past just broadcasts of the game directly to the way that sports teams and leagues seek to control reporters and what and how they report. While they can’t legally tell them what they can and can’t do, they do have control over who they provide press passes to — and then threaten to pull those passes if they disobey “the rules.” These rules often seem focused on the same kind of “restrictions” in hopes of getting people to show up live, even if that’s impossible.
Thankfully, these rules rarely seem to be enforced, but the University of Washington recently instituted a “Live Coverage Policy” for credentialed reporters that says they can only provide a maximum of 20 “in-game updates.” A reporter for the Tacoma News Tribune, who was live tweeting a recent game, was reprimanded for going over his allotted 20 tweets and daring to go all the way up to 53. Not surprisingly, the reporter, Todd Dybas, then Tweeted about the reprimand:
Also, tonight I was reprimanded by the University of Washington for tweeting too much during a live event.
— Todd Dybas (@Todd_Dybas) November 12, 2012
Filed Under: reporting, restrictions, tweeting
Companies: university of washington
Comments on “University Reprimands Reporter For Livetweeting Basketball Game”
Hey, no problem. Can’t tweet about the game, not much since in buying a season ticket for that purpose is there?
I used to follow a sports team fairly often. When it came down to those few rare games that weren’t broadcast because it wasn’t sold out so teed me off, I finally just gave up on keeping up with that team. Since I lived out of state, it wasn’t like I was going to buy a ticket or a season pass.
All I can say, is great moves there. As a result I no longer care about that team or the game and no longer even keep up with it.
Wouldn’t having everyone attending the game tweet with the same hashtag defeat the need to even have a reporter? There is an amazing crowdsource readily available at most games.
Especially considering how terrible most sports reporting is.
It’s almost as bad as the “professional” video game reviewers…
It may not be that the UW thinks this will draw away interest, but their exclusive broadcast partners want some sort of guarantee of exclusivity, so they decided to draw the line on other “live coverage” at 40 tweets a game, or whatever.
I don’t think there is that much interest in UW (Seattle) basketball in Tacoma. So just keep your sports reporter home for a few weeks, or add more coverage of PLU/UPS (both Tacoma local Div III) or Seattle U (newly returned to Div I). Competition works both ways.
Between that, and there always being some sort of “I cheated on my wife” scandal going on, I quit watching the local teams, period.
Here, Blizzard. You may have my money.
Oh yes, the new PAC-12. I liked the old PAC-10 better.
Now, this season they sold all broadcast rights to the new PAC-12 Network. And, of course not every provider has contracts with them! So, thanks for nothing PAC, I now do not get ANY football or basketball games of the U of A. So, I guess, I’ll be watching some east-coast basketball this season instead. Way to lose fans!
All part of pretending it's "scarce", Mike.
Apparently you’re never going to catch on that most apparent insanity on this line has the over-arching goal of bringing MORE attention! They’re not actually trying to stop live “tweeting”, just to pretend that they are and thereby fabricate a “scarcity” out of sheer crap. — For someone whose major “accomplishment” in life is naming of the “Streisand effect”, you sure don’t understand the implications of how it can be used both ways. You’ve simply bit on the bait…
I get all my sports information from Twitter. It’s awesome to watch the ebb and flow of the game based on the number of cheers and sobs as fans tweet the game. I generally don’t know the score, but I can tell who won by the number of attacks on teams by people who appear to be fans of said team.
The sole exception is the local football team, which I get info on by hearing random cheering from nearby apartments on Sunday.
Might just help people
Pull their heads out of the sand and look around at whats going down these days.. Dam a bunch of men in tights groping on each other.. You want that? Go to the AIRPORT!
They do have a point. If the reporter wouldn’t have gone over his limited, he wouldn’t have to be reprimanded, and then I wouldn’t have to give the middle finger and stop watching sports run by self-righteous ignorant idiots.