We’re barely into this new world of live reporting, via the Internet, and already the some anti-constitution authorities are trying to stop us.
I’m not talking about federal prosecutors in California – I’m talking about sports brass.
One of the most hit-on news briefs at Kansas.com this past Sunday and Monday was the item where the Eagle explained that fans couldn’t follow the usual live game blog of the Wichita State Shockers in the NCAA super regional baseball games.
Seems the NCAA had outlawed “live representation of the game.” They didn’t want some newspaper blog interfering with people watching the game on television. The NCAA doesn’t seem to realize that fans of the Shockers, and most teams, will watch the game on portable televisions while sitting in the stands and reading the blog on their smart phones. Fan is, after all, a short for fanatic.
Not everyone agreed with the NCAA
Brian Bennett of the Louisville Courier Journal blogged anyway during the Cardinals’ game against Oklahoma State, and was tossed out of the press box.
As our columnist, Bob Lutz pointed out:
“It's nonsense to ban blogs, especially since someone watching on television could produce a blog and the NCAA would not have any recourse.”
There was all sorts of talk a few months back on the Yahoo! Newspaper Video Group about how the Major League Baseball trying to ban newspaper video shooters from spring training.
I can, sort of, understand franchises and leagues can put a tight reign on video, just like they limit television rights.
But blogs? C’mon.
With so many people trying to stop us, we must be doing something right.
The Courier-Journal may take legal action, and I hope it does. I hope more papers out there will challenge this, and other kinds of new age censorship, the way they would open records and meetings. I would hope more reporters would take a stand and risk being tossed out of the press box.
As I write this, by the way, the San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers are tied in the third quarter.