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August 16, 2009

FOOTBALL CONFERENCE BANS TWITTERING, PHONE PIX OR POSTING ON FACEBOOK

Michael Kruse, Tampa Bay Times - [The Southeastern Conference], one of college sports' biggest, richest, most prominent conferences, earlier this month sent to its 12 schools an eye-opening new media policy. It places increasingly stringent limits on reporters and how much audio, video and "real-time" blogging they can do at games, practices and news conferences. But even more interesting is that the policy also includes rules for fans in the stands. No updating Twitter feeds. No taking photos with phones and posting them on Facebook or Flickr. No taking videos and putting them on YouTube. A conference spokesman said this policy was meant to try to keep as many eyeballs as possible on ESPN and CBS - which are paying the SEC $3 billion for the broadcast rights to the conference's games over the next 15 years - and also on the SEC Digital Network - the conference's own entity that's scheduled to debut on SECSports.com later this month.

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