Saturday, August 8, 2009

Say What?! Southeastern Conference Bans Broadcast of SEC Football Highlights Online

The Southeastern Conference has banned media outlets from posting football highlights of conference games online. This Fall, web users who want to view video footage of SEC football games can only do so by visiting one website: The SEC Digital Network. The SEC is currently creating the SEC Digital Network, which, once completed, will allow viewers to watch highlights for free. People who want to download video footage, however, will have to pay a fee. The Gainesville Sun (the daily newspaper in Gator-ville) has the scoop.

My Take
If Congress is really interested in possible antitrust violations associated with college football, it should investigate this development -- instead of the BCS bowl structure. The New York Times -- which owns the Gainesville Sun, has threatened to pursue legal remedies. Critics are already saying that the rule will harm independent and alternative media and that it seems unfair for schools that operate with public support to have such a policy. It should be interesting to see how this rule operates in the Youtube and blog communities.


FLRN said...

Thanks Darren, here I thought I was the only one that noticed this! The Gator nation thanks you too! Filtering the world to one website is nuts!

Go Gators! Looking for you here in the swamp hopefully gators around the globbe can see this too without jamming the net - crazy!

Roy Lofquist said...


These folks are more out of touch than the politicians. Many people are concerned about the influence of organized religion. Wait until they get a taste of the Southern football religion.


FLRN said...

Roy - Ahmen!

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Hutchinson: Isn't this the same organization that banned accredited sports reporters from liveblogging or twittering games as they watched them? If so, this foolishness seems in character.

Sincerely yours,
Gregory Koster

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Roy and FLRN: Yes!!! See how football brings us all together?

Greg: I am not sure if that's true. I've seen liveblogging of the Gators before. Liveblogging football strikes me as foolish!

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