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Opposing restrictions on sports coverage

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Opposing restrictions on sports coverage

As sports organisations and their sponsors increasingly compete with traditional publishers by producing their own news and information and delivering it directly to the fans, they are also increasingly putting limits on how traditional publishers can deliver the news.

“Is news just a commodity and simply an asset?” asks Mr Moger. “Is it just a way of enhancing brands with no other role, no societal role?"

Given sport’s important role in society, clearly not. Independent reporting on sport is as important as independent reporting on all subjects of public interest.

“You can’t expect the English Rugby Union to highlight the gross mismanagement of their organisation last year like the Times of London has done,” says Mr Moger.

Mr Moger made a case for opposing restrictions that sports organisations place on media in exchange for giving reporters and photographers access to cover sports events. These have included restricting the number and timing of photos allowed to be posted on websites, banning reporting that brings the sport into disrepute, requiring media to turn over ownership of content to the sports organisations, and more.

“When the Premier League puts a time embargo on Tweeting onto websites, a format that has to be live and contemporaneous, we’re only allowed to deliver a second-rate product, while clubs deliver a first-rate product,” Mr Moger said.

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