NCAA drops the ball with blogger boot

Ah, college baseball: the ping of the aluminum bat, the dozens of family members making up the entire crowd, the field of dreams for schools that can't afford to be good at the other sports. It's the place where college scholar-athletes come to understand the valuable life lesson: If you had played football, sorority girls would like you more.

Ah, college baseball: the ping of the aluminum bat, the dozens of family members making up the entire crowd, the field of dreams for schools that can't afford to be good at the other sports. It's the place where college scholar-athletes come to understand the valuable life lesson: If you had played football, sorority girls would like you more.

Clearly, the college baseball world can use all the help it can get. Universities should be falling all over any sportswriter willing to cover their baseball team - at least give them an extra bobblehead or something.

What the NCAA should NOT be doing to its meager cadre of baseball reporters is ejecting them from stadiums for live blogging during a game. But that's exactly what the NCAA did last week to Brian Bennett, a reporter from The Louisville Courier-Journal, under the now widely mocked rationale that "live blogging" a baseball game is equivalent to a banned "live representation" of the event, which infringes on the TV rights.

So allow us to mock this move a bit more. First, how many people read live blogs of a Louisville college baseball game? Second, has the NCAA noticed at any time during the past 100 years that the Associated Press posts live stories during sporting events, offering the latest updates? Third, it's college baseball - why do we care, again?

If this were some clever publicity play by the NCAA, that would be one thing. But this is just dumb. And... forget it. Football will be on soon.

PR Play Rating

1. Clueless
2. Ill-advised
3. On the right track
4. Savvy
5. Ingenious

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