Twitter limit: University of Washington caps live game coverage for media, threatens credential revocation – GeekWire

It looks like college coaches aren’t the only ones restricting Twitter use. Todd Dybas, a reporter for the Tacoma News Tribune, Tweeted yesterday that he was “reprimanded” by the University of Washington Athletic Department for apparently Tweeting too much during Sunday’s 85-63 win over Loyola. Todd Dybas@Todd_Dybas Also, tonight I was reprimanded by the University of Washington for tweeting too much during a live event.

The UW does indeed have a “Live Coverage Policy” that limits reporters to 20 total in-game updates for basketball games and 45 for football games:

… I understand that the UW wants to drive fans to the school’s own live coverage and protect its product, but to threaten the loss of credentials because of “excessive” Tweeting seems a little odd.

 

via Twitter limit: University of Washington caps live game coverage for media, threatens credential revocation – GeekWire.

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3 thoughts on “Twitter limit: University of Washington caps live game coverage for media, threatens credential revocation – GeekWire

  1. This just seems weird. As a reporter his job would be to report on the game, thats the reason he is there. It seems a little unethical for the college to limit tweets or have a live coverage policy and to enforce that on individuals. What would happen if a student was at the game and tweeting just as much as the reporter? Would the the college also reprimand the student? If anything maybe the tweets can lure more fans into the games. Say the team has been playing well and the reporter gets his tweets noticed and more and more people follow him on Twitter. This could have a positive turn where more people see the team is playing well and decide to watch them in person. That could have a positive increase in sales of tickets and anything else that comes along with attending a game. This just doesn’t seem right for a college to limit tweets or updates during a game.

  2. This is a weird and rare situation. I personally do not feel like UW should own the rights to updates as they do not technically own the athletes performing these actions. I understand the strong business decision in promoting their own brand, however what is the difference of this reporter doing it? What if a UW student Tweets play by play? They are not going to get expelled. At the end of the day, it is a policy at UW which technically makes it against the rules, however, the right to free speech via Twitter should not be limited and I do feel that this policy should be tweaked or repealed.

  3. I agree with both Joe and the first blogger. I think this policy is ridiculous and maybe was passed with different intentions than we the public know about. In my opinion, live tweets bring nothing negative to the table. If you think about it, it can be a way to get people’s attention for example reminding them the game is on, give details to those at the stadium watching the game live, and the only way a huge fan of the college that doesn’t attend the school and has no other way to follow the team to know what’s going on. I don’t believe anyone would only use twitter if they had the option to watch the game online, live, or on tv. In this case live tweets are only beneficial.

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