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  1. August 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm | | Reply

    Wow, this is just plain dumb. Like you said Josh, it’s pretty much un-enforceable. Furthermore, social media helps sports immensely. I rarely watch Sox games but if I see a ton of tweets flying around in my stream about an exciting situation I’ll flip on the tube and watch the last few innings.

    People on social media make the game experience better. Like you said, the live bloggers are often much better than the announcers. I can understand how the SEC might be scared of violating their contract, but that’s out of their hands.

    Besides, it’s not the SEC violating the contract, it’s the social media people. CBS has chosen not to pursue legal action against these people and I bet they’ll continue to not sue fans, because as the RIAA and the music industry taught us, suing your fans and your biggest evangelists is a recipe for FAIL.

  2. August 19, 2009 at 4:30 pm | | Reply

    And another note, I’m sure there’s tons of people who don’t have access to the television broadcast and rely on social media to participate in the game. Trying to prevent these people from seeing what’s going on and talking about the game lowers engagement levels and just pushes out paying customers. Banning social media has absolutely no positive impact here.

    I’m sure you’ll agree Josh that you love using twitter to talk with other fans during a game, it’s an experience that’s tough to replicate. Wherever you are, you can hop on twitter and find Sox fans to chat with at anytime. If anything CBS and the SEC should dive into social media. They should have official twitter streams for the games, where they push out official updates. They should have live streaming versions of the games online (even if it’s for pay).

    This policy is just plain dumb.

  3. August 19, 2009 at 6:34 pm | | Reply

    I couldn’t agree more about social networking being an ally to CBS’s coverage of college football. During the early days of radio, many baseball owners banned live broadcasts of games fearing it would hurt them at the gate. Eventually, each rescinded when they realize that broadcasting games actually spiked attendance.

  4. August 20, 2009 at 8:41 am | | Reply

    Maybe they are trying to stir things up?

    We are probably going to see more tweets, photos, etc. about SEC games now then we ever did.

    People will want to just because they are not supposed to..

    1. August 20, 2009 at 10:58 am | | Reply

      Good point Jim. Noticed that the SEC reversed its earlier stance, and said fans can use social media in the stadiums, but only if they’re not compensated. Which is still too restrictive in my opinion, since tons of bloggers have ads and affiliate links up, even if they’re not true competition to CBS. They’re still telling their biggest evangelists they can’t tweet, though I’m sure no one will listen since it’s un-enforceable.

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