The year is 2016 and some sports organizations are still looking to limit how an event may be covered with one of their media credentials.

The Snowball Derby, a 300-lap stock car race in Pensacola, Florida, is the latest to try and control how their event may be covered by attending journalists.

Check out this part of the credential request that says anyone receiving a credential agrees to not providing lap-by-lap descriptions during the event and agrees limit social media updates to once every 15 minutes.

Honestly, if this is a move to strictly reduce the flood of live play-by-play via Twitter, that’s not all that bad. Live play-by-play on Twitter is awful.

Still, how you cover a sporting event on social media should not be restricted by a media credential. That choice should be left to the media member holding the credential. Applying antiquated ideas to the way we deliver information in the modern world just comes off as crass.

So what we have here is a Catch-22. A media member needs the credential to cover the Snowball Derby, but they will not be able to cover it the way they might want to unless they agree to these demands.

Because the event is airing on Pay-Per-View, the reluctance to have anyone else covering it in real-time makes sense in principle. And to be fair, live sports on television will always be better and more entertaining than periodic 140-character updates, whether they come once every 15 minutes or in a constant stream of updates every 30 seconds. It also makes sense they would not want any live video streaming coverage while the event is ongoing. But to force reporters to remain silent on Twitter until their next 15 minute timeframe passes? That’s ridiculous.

There’s a way to work with journalists to find common ground when it comes to covering your live event, but restricting the flow of information altogether is not it.

[Matthew Bishop]

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