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Today, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) is expected to release a final version of its new media policy. For the sake of sports fans everywhere, let’s hope it has some significant changes from the current version, because at the moment, it can best be described as a ban on all social media usage at SEC games.Earlier this month, the conference informed its schools of the new policy, which reads: “Ticketed fans can’t “produce or disseminate (or aid in producing or disseminating) any material or information about the Event, including, but not limited to, any account, description, picture, video, audio, reproduction or other information concerning the Event.”Translated, that means no Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, TwitPic, or any other service that could in any way compete with authorized media coverage of the event. In the case of the SEC, authorized media coverage rights belong to CBS, who has a $3 billion deal with the conference over the next 15 years according to The St Petersburg Times.
it's interesting that they're not limiting this to audio & video.
Banning twittering at the stadium, even if they could, doesn't help them.
Shit, if freedom of information kills professional sports the same way it's killing print, that will almost be an even trade off.
Translated, that means no Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, TwitPic, or any other service that could in any way compete with authorized media coverage of the event.
this doesnt really even make sense in the context of this story
Plus, how does a tweet such as, "Shit, that was a sweet shot!I totally got a boner from that, lulz" (hypothetical) step on CBS' toes?
No way anyone will get around that. In other news, people stop smoking pot at concerts, illegal music and movie downloads end for good, and Kim Jong Il completely denuclearizes North Korea out of good will.
One can hope. Fucking professional sports. Waste of money. Supply-side modern wasteful consumerism future doom constuct bullshit. AND FUCKING BORING.
My thought was that unless you follow the tweets of a lot of people at a game, you're not going to get the same kind of info-dump as a sports journalist interpreting what's happening on the pitch.
The spectacle of professional sports and stadiums and the consumerism/trade/commerce associated with them are nothing new and will never disappear.
they actually have that disclaimer? Insane.