By Limiting What Athletes And Journalists Can Do, Sports Leagues Are Stifling Their Own Growth
from the shot-in-the-foot dept
While Rice correctly points out that these issues are not simply First Amendment issues, since they also involve "contract law, intellectual property law and copyright law." The bigger issue here is that while there certainly is plenty of legal work here to line plenty of lawyers' pockets, what these sporting organizations need to realize is that they are shooting themselves in the foot. Promoting the free distribution of the facts, videos, and stories surrounding their sporting events will only serve to promote those sporting events more. These restrictions merely serve to hamstring any sort of development that may actually deepen fans' relationship with the sporting franchise. It seems completely counterintuitive that if an athlete were willing and able to spend hours of time creating valuable content at no additional cost to anyone, that it would be quashed. If anything, athletes and journalists should be encouraged to share more video, stories and tweets with their fans.