Today the USC athletic department decided to go all North Korea on media outlets that aren’t paying the university for broadcast fees. The school announced, among other things, that non rights holding media outlets can only archive and broadcast a total of three (3) minutes of press conferences and group media availability. Failure to abide by this edict will result in the revoking of credentials for future events.
It is not permissible for any non-rightsholder to post, place, broadcast, or make available in any other way, audio or video Event content that exceeds three (3) minutes in length. Events are defined as varsity contests, press conferences and any other group media availability. Archiving may not begin until the conclusion of the entire event.
Keep in mind that most Steve Spurrier, Darrin Horn and Ray Tanner press conferences run between 15 and 30 minutes. I wonder what would happen if Nikki Haley or Barack Obama announced media outlets not connected to the government can only broadcast and post a total of three minutes of their press conferences? Just a hunch here, but that probably wouldn’t fly.
What happens if the rights holder isn’t covering one of the press conferences? Are fans not allowed to listen to more than three minutes? What’s that you say, USC? Oh, they can go toYOUR site and watch and listen to it? How convenient.
Last we checked USC is still a public university. Last we checked Steve Spurrier and Darrin Horn and Ray Tanner are still three of the higher paid state employees in South Carolina. Last we checked it is still frowned upon for a state agency to attempt to censor the media for its own benefit.