NCAA Puts Limits on Live Blog Coverage

Policy restricts number of posts per game from field, courtside
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2007 5:15 PM CST
Wake Forest coach Jay Vidovich, right, hugs an assistant following an NCAA College Cup national championship soccer game against Ohio State in Cary, N.C. on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007. Wake Forest won 2-1....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The NCAA has set new rules for live-blogging of sporting events, limiting the amount of times a blogger can post new information during a game in an effort to fight a perceived simulacrum of re-broadcasting, Techdirt reports. The new rules are a compromise after an incident in June when a live blogger was ejected from a college baseball game.

The rules only apply to credentialed reporters from established publications—private bloggers who pay the price of admission fall under free speech. Critics point out the obvious loophole, and the larger questions of whether or not live blogging threatens official broadcasts, as most followers of live blogs do so because they are unable to see the game on TV.