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Monday, June 11, 2007

Courier-Journal reporter ejected from U of L game for blogging

Well…wearing that delightful Nick & Nora Circus Pajama outfit was a dead giveaway!

A Courier-Journal sports reporter had his media credential revoked and was ordered to leave the press box during the NCAA baseball super-regional yesterday because of what the NCAA alleged was a violation of its policies prohibiting live Internet updates from its championship events.

...During the middle of yesterday’s game, Courier-Journal representatives were told by two members of the U of L athletic staff that if the school did not revoke Bennett’s credential it would jeopardize the school’s chances of hosting another NCAA baseball event.

“If that’s true, that’s nothing short of extortion and thuggery,” Ivory said. “We will be talking to our attorneys (today) to see where we go from here.”

Repoz Posted: June 11, 2007 at 01:51 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Shredder Posted: June 11, 2007 at 03:17 PM (#2400269)
its policies prohibiting live Internet updates from its championship events.
Wow, that sounds really stupid. Does that mean I can't game in-process game scores during the NCAA Tournament? Didn't seem to be a problem in March.
U of L circulated a memo on the issue from Jeramy Michiaels, the NCAA's manager of broadcasting, before Friday's first super-regional game. It said blogs are considered a "live representation of the game" and that any blog containing action photos or game reports would be prohibited.

"In essence, no blog entries are permitted between the first pitch and the final out of each game," the memo said.
Yeah, I could see how it's almost completely parallel to watching a game on TV or listening on the radio. It strikes me that this is nothing more than an issue of control. I'm not sure what Constitutional issues are in play, as I'd imagine that they reserve the right to refuse admission to anyone for any reason, but this is really pathetic.
   2. BDC Posted: June 11, 2007 at 03:17 PM (#2400270)
That's weird. Partial or in-progress reports on games have been a part of sport journalism ever since the evening papers went to press while the Knickerbockers were still playing the Mutuals. It's hard to say how liveblogging is much different. It's faster, but it's no faster than someone reporting a score on radio or TV during a game.
   3. HowardMegdal Posted: June 11, 2007 at 03:34 PM (#2400284)
Sports seems uniquely ridiculous on the idea of trying to limit publicity in a way that no other American enterprise does. Can anyone think of a parallel where a group or organization attempts to shy away from publicity of an event like this? That is to say, good publicity (as opposed to, for instance, a political candidate trying to avoid tough questions).
   4. Frisco Cali Posted: June 11, 2007 at 03:40 PM (#2400287)
Can anyone think of a parallel where a group or organization attempts to shy away from publicity of an event like this?

KKK lynchings?
   5. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: June 11, 2007 at 04:04 PM (#2400297)
Back in the day people didn't shy away from publicizing lynchings. They made postcards out of them. Yes, really.
   6. Old Matt Posted: June 11, 2007 at 04:24 PM (#2400311)
I've live-blogged NCAA games from press row (not championship events) but I've seen it done before at championships without enforcement. Go back and look at some NCAA basketball Tournament coverage.

This ejection is ridiculous. But take a look at the comments of the C-J article, too.
   7. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: June 11, 2007 at 04:50 PM (#2400323)
I've seen old photographs taken outside newspaper buildings, such as the New York Herald-Tribune. They show large hat-wearing crowds standing in place, watching someone move around player markers and numbers on a very large board with a large shuffleboard-like device. This represented updated game action as it was passed along by wire, before the advent of radio.

Thank heavens this tradition of lawlessness is no more.
   8. SoSH U at work Posted: June 11, 2007 at 05:04 PM (#2400337)
I could understand (though not get behind) if the IOC wanted to pull this during an overseas Olympics as a way of trying to give maximum value to its broadcast partner's tape-delayed coverage. I don't see any point in this, however.
   9. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: June 11, 2007 at 05:17 PM (#2400354)
Outlaw blogs and only outlaws will have blogs.
   10. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 11, 2007 at 05:20 PM (#2400356)
This is an absurd thought, I know, but I've always had a semi-fantasy that the media would one day say "enough" to all the manipulation and petty crap, and declare a complete blackout of coverage of the offending team for a week or three.

And when they're through with that, let them start running stories about how those luxury boxes that have displaced press boxes are being subsidized by taxpayers. (How the idea of giving free tickets to your employees ever got to be considered a legitimate "business expense" remains one of life's little mysteries to begin with.) Let them start covering big time sports with a muckraker's eye instead of with their current viewpoint of Betty the Cheerleader. Just to show certain owners that two can play the same game.

Of course I know it'll never happen, but I can dream.
   11. The Ghost of Sox Fans Past Posted: June 11, 2007 at 05:52 PM (#2400387)
It my seem silly to do this, but I think it is difficult for the NCAA to figure out where to draw the line between what's allowed and what's verbotem, so they have chosen an overly restrictive but easily-defined rule: you can't do nothin'.
   12. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: June 11, 2007 at 06:10 PM (#2400404)
I miss when "ejected for blogging" meant the guy had too much to drink and made a mess on the concourse just shy of a wastebasket.
   13. MM1f Posted: June 11, 2007 at 06:17 PM (#2400408)
"I miss when "ejected for blogging" meant the guy had too much to drink and made a mess on the concourse just shy of a wastebasket."

Agreed. "Blog" and "blogging" are two of the worst new words created recently.

EDIT:
Unless of course youre using them to refer to "blogging in the concourse." In which case the word fits perfectly.
Which just highlights how bad the word is when referring to anything news-related.
   14. Jeff K. Posted: June 11, 2007 at 07:03 PM (#2400465)
This is an absurd thought, I know, but I've always had a semi-fantasy that the media would one day say "enough" to all the manipulation and petty crap, and declare a complete blackout of coverage of the offending team for a week or three.

It would have to happen in a mid-major, one-newspaper/TV station (owned by the same entity), but I don't think it's completely out of the question it could happen.
   15. Bull Pain Posted: June 11, 2007 at 11:33 PM (#2400681)
There's a rather clever post and reply on Baseball America's college blog where Aaron Fitt is mentioning the Saturday UNC-South Carolina game has been suspended.


Blame It On The Lightning

Posted Jun. 9, 2007 8:59 pm by Aaron Fitt
Filed under: Division I Postseason

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.–We’re delayed here at the North Carolina-South Carolina super-regional, as lightning is flashing directly overhead. That means we’ll have a minimum 30-minute delay before play can resume. I don’t think I’m allowed to tell you the score, but if you check one of the NCAA’s official partners, I’m sure you can find out for yourself. I’ll just have to keep my observations to myself for now, because the NCAA doesn’t want you to decide to turn off your television and choose to read about the game here on the College Blog instead. I know that would have been a tempting option. Anyway, officials here say they’re prepared to wait long into the night to try to get this game in tonight, but if it needs to be resumed tomorrow, it will likely happen mid-afternoon some time.

This entry was posted on Saturday, June 9, 2007

1 Comment

I’m not at the ballpark . . . the score is South Carolina 8, North Carolina 5, middle of the seventh.
Posted by John Manuel | June 9, 2007 at 9:10 pm | Shortcut
   16. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: June 11, 2007 at 11:38 PM (#2400684)
But take a look at the comments of the C-J article, too.Newspaper commenters, by and large, are the dumbest yet most arrogant people on the planet
   17. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq., LLC Posted: June 11, 2007 at 11:46 PM (#2400691)
Ever read FARK?
   18. Garth found his way to daylight Posted: June 12, 2007 at 01:00 AM (#2400737)
This is an absurd thought, I know, but I've always had a semi-fantasy that the media would one day say "enough" to all the manipulation and petty crap, and declare a complete blackout of coverage of the offending team for a week or three.

Everything starts and ends with the readers. The situation Jeff K. described at #14 is nearly exactly what Kansas City has with The Star, but how many Royals fans would really give a rip if Bob Dutton was ordered by his bosses to halt coverage of the Royals in protest of the Royals pulling the press passes of two radio personalities? The people that cared enough would find their news elsewhere, on the Internet, through magazines, TV, radio, even their cell phones. If anything, it would hurt Star subscriptions.

To have a complete blackout like that, you'd have to get every single media player that covers both teams to agree before any of them agreed to it which is of course impossible. Plus, some TV station would have to break their contract, which ain't gonna happen.

The other scenario is to have one owner own every single media outlet covering the event, which would be a million times scarier than teams running rampant with press restrictions.

EDIT: Oh, I forgot to say -- what a weird, silly move by the NCAA. Kinda dumb, if you ask me. Please, stop showing interest in our event! We don't want your money!

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