The NCAA clarifies its position about live blogging its sanctioned sporting events:
In a statement released Wednesday, the NCAA clarified its policy, saying inaccurate information had been given. In fact, newspapers are allowed to blog throughout events and mention the score and time remaining. That policy wasn’t new; it had existed in “Appendix A” of the hosting media coordinator’s handbook.
What media are not allowed to do, NCAA spokesman Erik Christianson said, is publish anything that approaches a play-by-play description.
How is the NCAA monitoring this? Looking over everyone’s shoulders in the press box? Surfing the web?
Read the entire linked article. You can be sure that whatever the NFL decides is best for itself is going to be ferociously defended. And whatever precedent is eventually set, realize that it will be applied to entities like Big Ten TV and SEC TV.
There’s a fine line between news and entertainment these days. We’re going to find out just how fine over the next few years.