Saturday, April 1, 2006
Starting this fall, the NFL will bar local TV news crews from the sidelines of all NFL games, forcing stations to get game action images from a network feed or NFL Films. Warns one photographer, quoted in a story on the National Press Photographers Association web site, "This eliminates the opportunity to ‘isolate’ a particular player, coach, or anything else we want to personalize. To only be able to use the switched network feed homogenizes covering these events for our viewers." The NFL wants to cut down on sideline congestion and protect the rights to its content, which has been showing up on web sites -- to the chagrin of the league.
Posted by San Francisco Peninsula Press Club at 12:55 AM