The Southeastern Conference released this month an updated media plan in which they banned the mention of any event details via social media.
“Ticketed fans can’t produce or disseminate (or aid in producing or disseminating) any material or information about the Event, including, but not limited to, any account, description, picture, video, audio, reproduction or other information concerning the Event,” per the SEC’s new media plan.
What does this mean in layman’s terms? No one can Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or publish at any other social media site details about the games they are attending, as this may compete with authorized media coverage. And unless you can beat the $3 billion deal that the SEC has with CBS for the next 15 years, then you’re likely not authorized.
Major League Baseball’s terms could be loosely translated to mean the same thing (“any rebroadcast, reproduction or other use of this game without the express written consent of Major League Baseball is prohibited”), and at this year’s U.S. Open cameras and phones were prohibited inside the stadium.
Are these social media really competing with the coverage you’re going to get on CBS, Fox Sports, ESPN or any other televised broadcast? Likely not. It would be a monumental headache to police, but if they’re willing to do it, then everyone needs to keep their thumbs to themselves during the big games.
Some of the schools in the SEC include LSU, Auburn, University of Florida, University of Mississippi and University of Alabama.