Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Once Again, The NCAA Proves Its Stupidity

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By NoleCC

As usual, the NCAA has proved its stupidity by ejecting a blogger from a Super Regional game between Louisville and Oklahoma State, for “live blogging.” According to the NCAA, live blogging is against NCAA policies, so they revoked Brian Bennett’s press credentials and ejected him from the stadium. Bennett’s editor was quick to drag the 1st Amendment into play, arguing that the policy was not in effect for any other events, and that the press has a right to report the event.

Whether or not this is really a 1st Amendment issue, the NCAA is going out of its way to be morons, yet again. Why ban live blogging? Perhaps the NCAA is worried that instead of fans going to their sponsored websites, they might read a live blog from a local newspaper. That means lost revenue for the NCAA. And, the NCAA doesn’t like losing money.

But wait a second, isn’t the NCAA supposed to protect players’ images? Aren’t they supposed to prevent commercializing amateur athletes? Only when it’s everybody else, and not the NCAA. If the NCAA wants to do it, by all means, they get to, or at least that’s their “policy.”

What are your thoughts? Leave some comments.

Comments

3 Responses to “Once Again, The NCAA Proves Its Stupidity”
  1. kevin (palm harbor, fl)No Gravatar says:

    I think it’s not a first amendment issue and well within the NCAA’s rights to ban ‘live blogging’ from the press box.

  2. NoleCCNo Gravatar says:

    Kevin,

    I agree with you that it’s not a 1st Amendment issue, and that the NCAA has a right to have the policy. I guess my better questions is, “Is the Policy a good policy?”

    I really don’t believe that it is a good policy. I think it makes the NCAA look like a money grubbing organization, instead of happily promoting college sports as much as it can.

  3. kevin (palm harbor, fl)No Gravatar says:

    I think it is a good policy. They need to protect their rights-holders and advertisers.