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August 21, 2009
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Pre-season games are in full swing, college teams are practicing regularly… but a recent policy may throw a flag on the fans. The Charlotte Observer ran an article entitled SEC to retreat on tweet ban, in his article Jeff Elder talks about how this conference may not allow fans to make social networking updates during the game.

According to the SEC’s existing policy, ticketed fans cannot “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.” Translation: a fan’s Twitter/ Facebook update, pix or video post would violate existing policy. The cause is likely linked to the existing contracts the SEC has with CBS and ESPN, their spokesperson sites video upload as the major concern.

Since an update is only a few clicks away via mobile enforcing the policy is going to nearly impossible which is why people are Tweeting everywhere, all the time – like one of the New York Kicks players who was Tweeting about his run-in this week.

As for the SEC, Elder sites that it’s likely they will be implementing a change more in-line with .


Pre-season games are in full swing, college teams are practicing regularly… but a recent policy may throw a flag on the fans. The Charlotte Observer ran an article entitled SEC to retreat on tweet ban, in his article Jeff Elder talks about how this conference may not allow fans to make social networking updates during the game.

According to the SEC’s existing policy, ticketed fans cannot “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.” Translation: a fan’s Twitter/ Facebook update, pix or video post would violate existing policy. The cause is likely linked to the existing contracts the SEC has with CBS and ESPN, their spokesperson sites video upload as the major concern.

Since an update is only a few clicks away via mobile enforcing the policy is going to nearly impossible which is why people are Tweeting everywhere, all the time – like one of the New York Kicks players who was Tweeting about his run-in this week.

As for the SEC, Elder sites that it’s likely they will be implementing a change more in-line with the Big 10 Conference who invites their fans to join in.

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