NCAA Ejects Louisville Blogger

Reporter violated policy against live coverage at college semifinals
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2007 4:22 AM CDT
NCAA Ejects Louisville Blogger
Oklahoma State's Keanon Simon beats the pickoff throw to Louisville's first baseman Daniel Burton during their NCAA Super Regional baseball game Sunday, June 10, 2007 at Jim Patterson Field in Louisville, Ky. Louisville defeated Oklahoma State 20-2 to advance to the College World Series. (AP Photo/Timothy...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – The NCAA ejected a reporter for Louisville's Courier-Journal for blogging during the fifth inning of Louisville's semifinal romp over Oklahoma State, 20-2. The association forbids live Internet updates of games from those in attendance. The newspaper, citing First Amendment rights, is considering legal action.

The reporter had been warned in advance by a Louisville sports official against blogging, but his editors greenlighted the blogging regardless. The newspaper's attorney argued that the NCAA can't copyright a fact: "Once a player hits a home run, that's a fact. It's on TV. Everybody sees it." (Read more NCAA stories.)

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