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More on booted blogger

Posted at 2:37 PM on June 12, 2007 by Bill Wareham

Yesterday I posted an AP story describing how the NCAA ejected a newspaper's blogger from a championship baseball game.

The Louisville Courier-Journal has more reaction today, including this bit of insight from former Twin Cities journalist Lucy Dalgleish:

"This is appalling, but in no way am I surprised," said Lucy Dagleish, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. "The television networks pay a lot of money for the rights to live reporting, and the NCAA makes a whale of a lot of money. This is all about money and not about the First Amendment."

As I mentioned yesterday, and as Dalgleish points out, the NCAA's financial interest in controlling live reporting makes none of this surprising. But it reminds me of the Napster era, where the morality of downloading copyrighted content fell victim to the overwhelming demand for the ease of access available via the Internet. In this case, it seems like the right of the NCAA or other leagues to control access may eventually have to give way to the need of media outlets to use blogs and other new media to reach their audiences.