Big college athletics continues blindness on blogging

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UPDATE: Dan Reimold points to a video that captures the idea against the NCAA’s policy. Can we have an official “Please help the NCAA stop teh stupid!” group now?

Via John Robinson, the latest example of the NCAA‘s idiotic blogging policy (see previous coverage here) comes from a game between the Indiana U. Hoosiers and Wake Forest.

I find it highly … ironic that an industry that can’t come up with a credible way to determine the national championship in their crown jewel of sports continues to engage in such penny-ante antics against news outlets that want to help them promote their events.

So I’ll just reprint what I’ve said before:

All of which just highlights how silly such a policy is to begin with. It serves no purpose but to highlight inane bureaucracy and heavy-handed greed (because at heart, the NCAA blogging policy is all about $$$$). Of course, I would change my mind if the NCAA could show me one credible scintilla of evidence that liveblogging somehow decreases viewership of their championship events. Or that they actually have something other than $$$$ in mind in crafting this stupid policy. As the NCAA’s own blog noted when this issue first cropped up in June of last year, ESPN apparently considers liveblogging to be the equivalent of “rebroadcast,” so apparently they don’t want journalists liveblogging from the games. That makes ESPN – which has a thriving new media operation – just as pinheaded as the NCAA is for agreeing to such insipid rules.

Simply put, stifling reporting on athletic events does nothing but engender ill-will among people who WANT to help you publicize your tournaments.

I’m still waiting for that evidence.

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