I saw this on Deadspin. Brian Bennett, an accredited reporter from The Courier Journal covering the University of Louisville baseball team, lost his media credential and was ejected for live-blogging the U of L game at the NCAA tournament on Friday. It’s going to be interesting as there are more collisions of big Media/big Sports with whomever they think is trespassing on their property. A statement from the Courier-Journal’s attorney: "It’s a real question that we’re being deprived our right to report
within the first amendment from a public facility. Once a player hits a
home run, that’s a fact. It’s on TV, everybody sees it. They (the NCAA)
can’t copyright that fact. The blog wasn’t a simulcast or a recreation
of the game. It was an analysis."
I like typing play-by-play; I really do. Though some think live-blogging is the least productive (or most wasteful) of all sporting blog activities, an argument in which I can see a cogent point, no matter; it’s opt-in reading. Anyway, the whole "analysis" defense is extraneous and the first part of the attorney’s comment is spot on. Once it’s happened and has been seen by thousands upon thousands, you can’t stuff that toothpaste back in the tube. It’s history. Also, to cover "analysis", I really can’t imagine replacing "The 1-2: Jeter scores Damon on a single to right off his hands, advancing to second on the throw to the plate; tie game," with "Mr. Jeter, the consumate professional, bravely knots the desperate contest with a hard-won victory over his opponent against formidable odds in the firey cauldron of the battle, a veritable furnace of conflict stoked by the race for the pennant as much as by the unforgiving August sun." Yeah, right. Ick.
Speaking of the NCAA tournament, did anybody catch that University of Oregon/Michigan game? Incredible stuff.