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NCAA clarifies position on blogging

By The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA eased its restrictions on blogging and said live updates from its events are permitted as long as they are limited to scores and time remaining.

The issue arose earlier this month after a reporter for The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., was ejected from an NCAA baseball tournament game for submitting live Internet updates during play.

Bennie Ivory, executive editor of The Courier-Journal, said the NCAA’s latest position was evidence that “they made a mistake.”

“It’s no clarification,” Ivory said.

NCAA spokesman Bob Williams said Brian Bennett was asked repeatedly not to blog play-by-play reports because it violated NCAA policy as a “live representation” of the game. Bennett provided in-game blog updates during Louisville’s super regional series against Oklahoma State that gave the score and a brief summary of game action.

“Any reference to game action in a blog or other type of coverage could result in revocation of credentials,” the policy stated, according to a copy provided to the Associated Press.

In a statement released June 20, however, Williams said the NCAA had issued “incorrect information” that live updates of any kind were prohibited.

“In fact, in-game updates to include score and time remaining in competition are permissible by any media entity whether credentialed or not,” Williams said.

Jon Fleischaker, the paper’s lawyer, said the paper hasn’t made a decision about whether it will sue the NCAA or the University of Louisville.

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