The NCAA Now Allows Live Blogging…But Under Their Rules

Thanks to David Scott at Scott’s Shots for tipping us off to new rules by the NCAA that now allows for those holding media credentials to NCAA championship events the right to live blog from these games.

A lot of attention was paid to this issue this past spring when Brian Bennett of the Louisville Courier-Journal was ejected from a NCAA regional baseball tournament game for live blogging in the press box.  We commented on that incident here

The NCAA, rightly so, received a lot of criticism over its handling of the case and needed to make changes. I give the NCAA credit for allowing live blogging.  It’s a good move.  But its insistence on keeping its eye on the live blogs is disturbing.

Under the new rules the NCAA requires that the blogging organization must submit their link to their “ncaasports.com Blog Central” site.  They are also required to place an ncaasports.com logo and link on their site.  The NCAA will also monitor the blogs to ensure that reporters do not exceed the number of posts allowed for each event.

I would love to be the people at the NCAA who will actually spend the time to monitor all the blogs and keep track of how many times they post.  Sounds like a great gig.  I doubt it will dedicate the resources to do this.  Nor should it.

Again, the NCAA is missing the boat.  By allowing live blogging, especially of some of the fringe sports or sports at the lower divisions, it would do nothing but paint these competitions in a positive light.  

The move to allow live blogging is a good one.  But if the NCAA really cares about promoting its product it should remove all restrictions and allow bloggers to post as often as they’d like.  

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  1. The NCAA will eventually understand more journalists/bloggers driving interest in their sports is a net gain for them. Just as the movie industry fought VCRs, the music industry fought tape. The problem here is they view live blogging as some sort of substitute good instead of a complimentary one. Do they believe someone will turn off their radio or tv because someone is live blogging? I am ok with no live audio and no live video but commentary? Sports NEED writers to be engaged to drive fan interest. If tools like http://www.coveritlive.com make that easier for them to do it, you support it, not put up misguided barriers to it. These restrictions will go away quickly as live blogging continues to grow.
    You wonder about the fans/parents/relatives of the Duke women’s fencing team trying to find out what’s going on. “oops, that’s 3 blog entries…no more..don’t want to infringe on the lucrative tv rights of women’s fencing..” This will go away.

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