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Photography Rules For NBA Finals
Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 1:02 AM on 05.30.08
->> From the NBA Finals credential confirmation letter we received last week:

NBA FINALS 2008 -- PHOTO REGULATIONS
The following regulations are in effect for NBA Finals 2008:
General

1.As noted on the back of your working credential, the use of any photograph, film, audio or videotape or drawing of any game of NBA Finals 2008, player interviews or other arena activities shall be limited to news coverage of the game by the organization that is issued the credential unless expressly authorized in writing by the NBA. Without limiting the foregoing, no photograph of any game of the NBA Finals 2008 may appear in a photo gallery on the Internet or be offered for sale to any person or entity. Acceptance of the working credential constitutes agreement by the bearer and his or her organization to abide by all conditions noted on the credential.

2.All photographers with baseline floor spots must stay at least four (4) feet behind the baseline at all times.

3.Additionally, in order to reduce the risk of injury to players, rubber lens shades are required for all still photographers who are authorized to shoot game or event action. The only exception to this policy will be for photographers utilizing telephoto lenses (i.e., 300 and 400 millimeter lenses) when such lenses are used to shoot action at the opposite end of the court or near the top of the key in the near court. These telephoto lenses must be stored behind or next to the photographer when the action is taking place on the near side of the court.

4.Photographers located on the baseline or sideline will be permitted only one standard-size “Domke” bag which must be placed behind the photographer during the game or event. All other equipment (including all cameras and lenses) must be stored off-court or kept on the photographer’s person at all times.

5.Each photographer will be permitted one monopod--but no tripods--at courtside. No cameras mounted on floor plates or seats other than “lawn-type” photographer seats will be permitted. In addition, any remotes to be used on the floor must be approved by the NBA, manned by an individual permitted to be on the floor and able to be removed quickly so that nothing is left behind.

6.Still photographers will not be permitted in the locker rooms at any time without prior written approval from the NBA.

Post-Game

7.Each head coach and selected players will be available for interviews in the interview room a few minutes after each game.

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Any violation of the above regulations or the credential issued to you on behalf of your organization will subject the violators to revocation of credentials and any other remedy available to the NBA.
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Mark Buffalo, Photographer
Lonoke | AR | USA | Posted: 1:07 AM on 05.30.08
->> OT---GO LAKERS!
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 1:12 AM on 05.30.08
->> Thanks for the insightful contribution to this thread!

Good to see there are Laker fans outside of LA...
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Mark Buffalo, Photographer
Lonoke | AR | USA | Posted: 1:29 AM on 05.30.08
->> THANKS ROBERT! I've been a Lakers fan since 1980 when I was 8 years old and Magic was a rookie. I've shot two Lakers games on film -- an exhibition game in Little Rock in 2002, right after the three-peat and later that year at the Pyramid in Memphis. I'm just glad the WCF were played at 8:30 p.m. Central and not 9:30 or 10.

I'll be quiet now!
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Scott Varley, Photographer
Torrance | CA | USA | Posted: 2:50 AM on 05.30.08
->> Thanks Robert.

Now the question is, what constitutes a "photo gallery"? Is it different than a slide show?

I think of an online photo gallery as a page of clickable thumbnail photos. What about a Soundslides type display where images appear one at a time w/out audio (since TV and Radio own the audio)? Is that also a "photo gallery"? It's a pretty vague term.

At my paper, we usually put together galleries of events but I'm sure we won't for the Finals. What's USA Today planning to do for their web presence?
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Allen Hubbard, Photographer
Spokane | WA | USA | Posted: 12:33 PM on 05.30.08
->> Robert:
Does that also mean that you (or any credentialed photographer) can't post images to your member page here on SS or on your own website to promote your sports photography?
It says "without limiting the foregoing", which refers to news coverage. So Scott it seems like that would let USA Today and other credentialed news organizations use them online. Thus the question, who are they trying to prevent from posting an online gallery? Is it back to the individual photographer who is trying to promote his business?
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Mark Loundy, Photo Editor
San Jose | CA | USA | Posted: 12:44 PM on 05.30.08
->> Didn't we just go through this with MLB?

--Mark
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 1:04 PM on 05.30.08
->> Scott ---

It is pretty obvious what the NBA's intent is with the Internet restrictions and using semantics("gallery" versus "SoundSlides") I think is not a good defense.

Several organizations have made official protests to the NBA about the use of images on the Internet and have turned the matter over to their legal departments.

I don't know what the Singleton Newspapers stance is, but I would recommend doing the same since there are so many of your papers in Southern California that cover the Lakers.

Brian McIntyre is the senior vice president of NBA Basketball Communications.

ALSO ... No, you cannot use audio capture inside the arena for your "SoundSlides"/gallery.
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Jean Finley, Photo Editor, Photographer
Iowa City | IA | USA | Posted: 1:17 PM on 05.30.08
->> Obviously, I'm not shooting the finals, but I still have a question. Does this mean NO online galleries? NONE?

Please keep us posted as to how this plays out legally. Very interesting.
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Jean Finley, Photo Editor, Photographer
Iowa City | IA | USA | Posted: 1:20 PM on 05.30.08
->> Sorry, one other question.

What does the NBA see as the negative impact of online photo galleries? How does hurt them?
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Jean Finley, Photo Editor, Photographer
Iowa City | IA | USA | Posted: 1:20 PM on 05.30.08
->> Sorry, one other question.

What does the NBA see as the negative impact of online photo galleries? How does hurt *it* them?
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Jean Finley, Photo Editor, Photographer
Iowa City | IA | USA | Posted: 1:21 PM on 05.30.08
->> LOL. sorry... you know what I mean.
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Eric Canha, Photographer
Not Listed | MA | United States | Posted: 1:26 PM on 05.30.08
->> Jean ^^^^Decaf^^^^ !!
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 1:41 PM on 05.30.08
->> The NBA (and MLB in the most recent flap over its credential use agreement) wants traffic driven to its website.

So if nba.com is the only Internet site that can feature "galleries" or "slide shows" of images from the Finals, the logic goes that the public will head there. (Instead of newspaper or magazine sites.)

The other question this raises is what is the status of wire services (i.e. AP and Reuters) images? Since the Visalia Times-Delta or the Tulare Advance-Register didn't accept a credential for the NBA Finals, are they prevented from posting galleries or slide shows of AP photographs?

Further, would they (or any other AP member not covering the finals) even be aware of the no-Internet-gallery restrictions?

Nowhere in the rules sent does it state specifically that wire services have to place a notice in the captions stating no gallery use.

Obviously rule #1 in the NBA's Finals credential use agreement was not very well thought out. But it's there and if the NBA wants to be picky about it, they can enforce it. At least on the organizations using credentials to cover the Finals.

Food for thought...
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Randy Janoski, Photographer
Washington DC & Nashville | TN | USA | Posted: 1:55 PM on 05.30.08
->> Ah...but I notice somehow they know what a good camera bag is! (smiley face)
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Robert Beck, Photographer
Carlsbad | CA | USA | Posted: 3:18 PM on 05.30.08
->> The trends in editorial coverage of professional sporting events (NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL) and the presentation of that coverage is changing. The press world is shrinking and the web world is growing. Editorial organizations want to publish over the web. The NBA is at odds with the editorial world on this. No galleries. No image. Nothing unless it goes through Getty/NBA. Not on your website. Not on your paper's website. Not on your blog. Not on sportsshooter.

If you have a credential from the NBA, NFL, NHL or MLB that's what it says on it. You are, technically, agreeing to those "regulations" by accepting that credential.

These leagues have benefitted tremendously from editorial coverage through the years. They have grown in popularity. They are reaping economical windfalls. The leagues would not be as popular nor as filthy rich as they are right now had it not been for newspapers and magazines. Don't you remember Willie making an over the shoulder catch? Y.A. Tittle bloodied on the turf? Bird and Magic battling under the basket? Bobby Orr flying through the crease? Now they want to eliminate that coverage. Wouldn't that be counterproductive for the leagues? Why do they want to be so controlling? Greed? Image?
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Allen Hubbard, Photographer
Spokane | WA | USA | Posted: 3:52 PM on 05.30.08
->> Robert,
Are these changes in the league rules affecting the way you (and SI in general) are covering these games?
Do you think the photo coverage will drop off as they limit what you can do with the images?
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Robert Beck, Photographer
Carlsbad | CA | USA | Posted: 4:46 PM on 05.30.08
->> They affect everyone. Without going into detail, our publication, as well as several other publishing companies, are having discussions with at least one of the leagues to find something that works for both parties. Many years ago ASMP had jumped into the fray with the NBA. As far as I know, nothing was ever resolved.

If the leagues "win" photo coverage from outside sources won't just drop off, it will be non-existent....On the web at least. Are we covering events any differently now? Nope. Not yet.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 6:39 PM on 05.30.08
->> Mr. Beck ... you should be teaching at a school or workshop!

Your words of wisdom are always insightful and often entertaining as hell.

Thank you for your time and your dedication to our craft and our business.
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David Bailey, Photographer
Flower Mound | TX | USA | Posted: 6:55 PM on 05.30.08
->> "If the leagues "win" photo coverage from outside sources won't just drop off, it will be non-existent....On the web at least. Are we covering events any differently now? Nope. Not yet."

Amen brother! "Not yet" is the key. Publications and photographers need to take this to heart... change must be on the horizon!
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 7:09 PM on 05.30.08
->> As long as leagues, teams and for that matter individual athletes, think they can make some $$$, they will try to change how the media covers them.

"Deals" that limit, restrict or make something exclusive to one organization could have changed things, like coverage. If one organization receives preferential treatment with respects to credentials, positions, access, etc. it indeed changes things.

Extend this idea to restricting use of images, things could change further...if we allow it. That is why I said at the top that organization must make themselves heard and if necessary have the attorneys grind it out.

If the NBA (or the NFL, NASCAR, MLB, MLS, NHL, etc) use hits (or page views) to set its pricing structure for advertising on its website, of course they will do whatever they can to drive traffic to their site. If they offer galleries (or slide shows) and no other site can, it can translate ultimately into more $$$. (I have no idea if that theory is true, but it's a logical assumption.)

It's about control. And ultimately about money.
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Mark Loundy, Photo Editor
San Jose | CA | USA | Posted: 7:55 PM on 05.30.08
->> The NBA has been hyperprotective of its images for many years. Back in the late 90s, the NBA would not grant Allsport credentials to games because Allsport had a commercial sales arm. The only way Allsport could get images was when teams would visit Chicago because Allsport had a separate deal with the Bulls that preceded NBA rulings forbidding them access.

--Mark
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Jamie Sabau, Photographer
Pickerington | OH | US | Posted: 8:03 PM on 05.30.08
->> I know I'm going to get killed for saying this, but oh well, here goes:

Robert, if your "theory" about using hits to set ad rates is true, then doesn't that also apply to your paper and any other publication that wants to post a gallery?

Why is it so wrong for the leagues to want to generate more hits and thus, more ad revenue, and yet it would be ok in yours and everyone else's eyes for your publications to do that?

Bottom line: The NBA AND USA Today (and SI, LA Times, NYT, etc.) are both businesses. Neither exists simply for the pleasure of the public. Yes, it is ultimately about the money. Everything is ultimately about the money.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 8:06 PM on 05.30.08
->> Funny how it is now ... Allsport is Getty ... and Getty distributes NBA Photos' images.
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Preston Mack, Photographer
Orlando | FL | USA | Posted: 8:11 PM on 05.30.08
->> In the past, leagues and teams NEEDED media to promote and sell the league to the masses.

Now, with the internet, they can control the distribution of their product.

Just wait until TV merges with the internet. Leagues will not need TV to distribute the games and content anymore... who knows what that will mean for the media.
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Philip Johnson, Photographer
Garland | TX | USA | Posted: 8:47 PM on 05.30.08
->> Preston,

You stated exactle what I was thinking. The world wide web has changed how these leagues need media outlets. Only time will tell if the leagues can generate as much coverage has the media has in the past.
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Robert Beck, Photographer
Carlsbad | CA | USA | Posted: 9:13 PM on 05.30.08
->> The problem with the leagues distributing and controlling content is that the public is no longer informed. I enjoy reading different newspapers. I enjoy looking at different magazines. If the Leagues had their way you would only see their pictures and read their stories. That would be pretty boring.

There is nothing wrong with the Leagues making more money. There is nothing wrong with publishing companies making money either. There is something wrong with a League dictating what information goes out to the public in the process. I believe that to be the ethical part of the drama.

The moral dilemma is the way the leagues have tried to "corral" the media. It has been nothing more than eliminating the competition.I may be the uber dreamer or just full of blind faith (or something else)but I thought competition was part of the American Dream.
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Ian Halperin, Photographer
Plano(Dallas) | TX | USA | Posted: 9:40 PM on 05.30.08
->> Robert: I understand it when you say "there is something wrong with a league dictating what information goes out to the public." But the leagues don't feel that there is.

And they may be correct. They are not a government agency. They don't have a duty to disclose anything if they wan't to. The Dallas Mavericks owner never discusses any financial topics. It's his team.

Competition is part of the American Dream. And the leagues, and their partners, want to eliminate it.

I'm not saying I agree with it. But, as has been pointed out, the leagues no longer have to cater to all the media.
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Bob Donnan, Photographer
Winston-Salem | NC | USA | Posted: 10:29 PM on 05.30.08
->> Ian - Beck has said this very well. You can't have it both ways. If leagues control what is released and you only get "good news" from sporting events you eventually undermine the reality of those events and diminish what they offer.
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Jamie Sabau, Photographer
Pickerington | OH | US | Posted: 11:11 PM on 05.30.08
->> Bob D.,

What exactly IS the reality of sporting events? And, just how is the entertainment they offer diminished if that reality is diminished?

I understand the disappointment everyone is feeling as the access and glory days of shooting sports seems to be waning at an ever increasing pace, but as Ian pointed out sports is not government. They are not bound by the First Ammendment. They don't have a duty, ethical, moral or otherwise, to tell us the truth. Hell, they fudge the truth everyday ("Herb Jones will not be in the lineup because of an upper body injury.") Sports is just an entertainment business, bread and circuses, to use the old Roman Empire analogy. Their job is to entertain and make money doing it.

You know, it's funny to me how so many of us around here bitch and whine about it being so hard to maintain control of our images, our product, if you will. We desperately want everyone else to understand what we do and that this is how we make a living so that we can continue to make money. But we seem to show little regard for anyone else, especially those for whom we are making the photos of in the first place, to control their product and being able to make money.
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Philip Johnson, Photographer
Garland | TX | USA | Posted: 12:07 AM on 05.31.08
->> Maybe I'm missing something here, but it doesn't sound like the leagues are not allowing print media to photograph the games, but dictating that you only use the images for a specific purpose.

Now to provide the leagues spectators with the images they want to see it would seem that the teams will have to hire additional photography staff or license images from the media centers.
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Robert Beck, Photographer
Carlsbad | CA | USA | Posted: 1:30 AM on 05.31.08
->> I thought everyone was supposed to have moral and ethical character. And you cannot speak for me when you say "we seem to show little regard for anyone else."
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Les Stukenberg, Photographer, Photo Editor
Prescott Valley | AZ | USA | Posted: 11:18 AM on 05.31.08
->> What has happened is that "sporting" leagues have gone from classifying themselves as sports to entertainment. Once that happened I don't believe they really give a hoot about who covers their games as long as they have contracts with certain providers that guarantee them a certain amount of money. Television networks started this when they started dividing up the sports scene and paying sums of money for the rights to show games. We are probably not far from the day when print and web outlets will also have to pay for access.

We may care who covers a game, but does the general public? I don't believe so, they will simply head to say in this case NBA.com to get their fix of images.
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Jack Howard, Photographer, Photo Editor
Central | NJ | USA | Posted: 12:06 PM on 05.31.08
->> Total vertical integration works vey well for the WWE, so why not the other sports/entertainment corporations?

WWE has their own magazines, their own photographers, their own websites, their own marketing arm, and they license the heck out of their branded content, and their fans gobble it up. They don't care who is making the photos--just that they can see great shots online shortly after Wrestlemania and talk smack in the blogs area:

http://fans.wwe.com/

Argue that the NBA is less scripted than a WWE match and well, if it weren't for corrupt officials throwing games recently, you'd have a point.

Argue that an independent press is crucial to objective reportage and you've kind of got a point; although I'd rather an independent press worry about policing the government than battling entertainment companies for profit margins and pageviews.

And what with the way that news organizations are so rapidly trying to reinvent themselves as social network sites (just like the wwe (
http://fans.wwe.com/) ! Check out the new www.c-n.com and www.app.com for the future of Gannett community communities / http://tinyurl.com/58sq8p / managed by Information Centers--not newsrooms!) that it's really all luring young eyeballs by emulating facebook--rather than educating the youth that a free and independent, and well-funded press is a good thing for a free society and to keep government honest and forthright...but instead, all the battles these days seem in the right to profiteer the bread and circuses in the name of the 1st Amendment--IHSA anyone?

It's just a mess all over, isn't it?

And, have any news organizations flat-out said that they will skip the NBA finals if the language isn't fixed? Official protests are one thing--but actions speak louder than words...
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Albert McCracken, Photographer
East Amherst | NY | USA | Posted: 1:03 PM on 05.31.08
->> Go on strike!! , No one shots the game, no one video tapes it. You can go to the game with your cameras around your neck and sit at your spot on count side, just don't photography it. If the NBA wants to control the media maybe, we should not be there. We have rights too.... GO ON STRIKE!!!! And don't go.... Or maybe the NBA should their own photography staff and video, problem solved.
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Greg Foster, Photographer
Atlanta | GA | | Posted: 1:20 PM on 05.31.08
->> Albert, the NBA DOES have their own photographers (unless something has changed recently), and have for quite some time. They are very good photographers, too.

The League might just PREFER that no one else shoots the games, that way they (and Getty) would totally control all the content. And if anyone wonders what would be missing in the coverage if they did control the total distribution...fights, blood, players' altercations with fans...pretty much anything that they deem unsavory for their image.
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Ian Halperin, Photographer
Plano(Dallas) | TX | USA | Posted: 2:21 PM on 05.31.08
->> Bob: I'm not sure the leagues want it both ways anymore.

I assume you are talking about media coverage, specifically print media. TV networks pay a fortune to show the games. Print pays nothing. I think they (the leagues) would be very content to have all photos come from their shooters be it Getty, team photographer or whomever they choose. Yes..they would be in complete control over what image gets out.

We can debate if the public would stand for this or not (my bet is the would) but as far as leagues go, that day might not be far off.

And I shoot pro sports and it has hurt my business. It sucks. I don't agree, but it's their call. I have found other assignments to make up the loss.
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Bill Ross, Photographer
Colorado Springs | CO | USA | Posted: 12:57 PM on 06.01.08
->> No kidding... The press MADE these leagues popular and household names. The leagues NEED the media but... Looks like they enjoy shooting themselves in the foot. It will come back to haunt them someday. Let's just call it a kharmic debt.

If it weren't for radio, television, magazines or newspapers, I wouldn't have ever heard of all these athletes. I would believe Mr. Sports Editor telling me that "So and so is a great athlete" before I would believe any league telling me the same thing. It's a dangerous thing these leagues are doing. In the process of making more money for themselves, they are risking credibility. The NBA already has a credibility issue. Looks like they wanna keep losing it.

Yeah, TV pays alot of money for the rights to televise games BUT the consumer is still who really pays for it... $200 for a pair of sneakers? Gimme a break.

Greed kills.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 1:13 PM on 06.01.08
->> There have been numerous accusations of leagues and teams exerting control over the release of unflattering images ... from fights on the hardwoods and ice to tragedies on the race tracks.

References:
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9406EED6123DF930A35756C0A962...
http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=10298

Nice lively conversation about an important issue...what the message was meant to be!

Mahalo!
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Robert Beck, Photographer
Carlsbad | CA | USA | Posted: 2:43 PM on 06.01.08
->> Jamie...Your e mail is not working. I don't see where I've questioned a particular person's or group of peoples ethical or moral stature here. Or called anyone's kettle black.
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Rich Cruse, Photographer
Laguna Niguel | CA | USA | Posted: 4:37 PM on 06.01.08
->> Free speech is exactly what this is about. The NBA is dictating how photojournalists can use their images, not a good precedent to be set.
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Ian Halperin, Photographer
Plano(Dallas) | TX | USA | Posted: 9:43 PM on 06.01.08
->> Rich...

Covering or not covering an NBA (NHL, MLB, etc) game is not a question of free speech. Nor is a league's attempt to dictate what can be done with images of their respective games.

Now if they attempted to shut this board down, or other discusions like it, that would be a free speech issue.
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Rich Cruse, Photographer
Laguna Niguel | CA | USA | Posted: 10:22 PM on 06.01.08
->> I disagree Ian.

As a photojournalist, you are employed to be the eyes for your publication's readers. If the NBA begins to dictate how and where photos can be used Editorially, what is to keep them from extending that to writers? It is essentially censorship. Granted we have a choice whether or not to attend the event and accept the terms, but these rules are too restrictive. If the NBA was paying your salary, then there would be no problems with these terms.

The photographers cannot fight this battle alone, nor should they. This is a battle for publishers and editors to take to the door of the NBA. Most printed publications are also available in some form online and to have the NBA discriminate against online publication is just wrong. Additionally, as the photographer, you should be able to display your own images in your gallery as examples of your work.

Tell me this, when does it stop? It is about greed and control. Photographers and the public do not gain a thing by having these additional restrictions.
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Ian Halperin, Photographer
Plano(Dallas) | TX | USA | Posted: 10:35 PM on 06.01.08
->> You are correct about it being a battle for us as photographers, along with our editors and publishers. And there is nothing to keep them from banning writers.

During this past season, the Dallas Mavs owner tried to ban all bloggers from the Mavs games because, in his words, he could not determine which bloggers were legitimate and which weren't. It didn't last long because the major papers got involved.

I guess when I see "free speech" I think in terms of the Constitution. And there nothing in that says any of us have a right to cover a pro sporting event.

And you are 100% correct that it is about "greed and control." Sure, we all think the rules are to restrictive, but it's their game.
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Joe Cavaretta, Photographer
Ft Lauderdale | FL | USA | Posted: 2:11 AM on 06.02.08
->> So far, just the finals, which the league controls, which is in many ways understandable. Lots of local teams have good relationships with the local media and want to keep it that way. This gives the local teams the ability to point to the league and say, "sorry, it's out of our hands." When the local team is at the bottom of the standings and nobody is coming to the games and they are competing with the other three leagues, tennis, golf, movies and shows, for the public's entertainment dollar, that is the time to say, no thanks, you don't want us around when times are good, you aren't gonna get us when times are tough. Or when they decide that unless they get that brand new "center," or they're off the Oklahoma City... That's the time for the local media to say, Sayonara! You need support to get out your side of the story? Buy and ad for NBA.com, we'd be happy to sell you one.
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David Harpe, Photographer
Louisville | KY | USA | Posted: 6:15 AM on 06.02.08
->> The leagues have a very interesting balancing act: How do we present a tightly-controlled, profitable entertainment event without making it into "pro wrestling"?

One of the guardrails keeping them out of that valley is journalism. By allowing journalists access, it gives a legitimacy to the sport that helps preserve credibility. When the viewing audience can get a newspaper or go online and see multiple perspectives of an event, good or bad, it helps build the image of the sport being "respectable". If people only get to see the perspective of the league from officially sanctioned sources, the BS detector will sound. Loudly. Then the leagues won't be able to charge thousands of dollars for season tickets.

Although the fight you're fighting might seem to be related to first amendment/etc., what you're really fighting for is something that will keep the sports alive. The side effect is you'll also make sure that the leagues will remain profitable for many years to come.
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David G. McIntyre, Photographer
Beijing | . | CHINA | Posted: 8:49 AM on 06.02.08
->> Maybe you need to make an agreement with an athlete, before he goes pro, or like Mike Smith had with Michael Jordon of the Bulls as the team photographer.

Go cover a playground or sandlot game, and then post those. They will learn that people just want to enjoy the sport, and good photos of it.
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Robert Beck, Photographer
Carlsbad | CA | USA | Posted: 12:06 PM on 06.02.08
->> Bill Smith. Michael JordAn.
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Charles Mann, Photographer
Rising Sun | MD | USA | Posted: 12:28 PM on 06.04.08
->> We were talking about this thread and a fellow equine photographer supplied this link.

http://pbrnow.com/media/press/2008_Media_and_Photo_Credentia_%20Form.DOC
I got to reading it and I think it is worse than the NBA. Quote:

3. Holder agrees that ALL photographs, film, videotape footage and other recordings taken or captured by or for Holder, including but not limited to ALL COPYRIGHTS and other intellectual property rights thereto IS THE EXCLUSIVE PROPERTY OF AND OWNED SOLELY BY PBR. Holder is hereby authorized to photograph, film or videotape only and must deliver all pictures, footage and recordings to PBR after the event and prior to release. ALL USE of any pictures, footage and recordings MUST BE APPROVED BY PBR PRIOR TO USE, display, publication or release, except that Holder may display such photographs, film or videotape solely in conjunction with non-commercial news reporting purposes pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 107. FOR THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBT, HOLDER SHALL NOT DISTRIBUTE AND OR SELL photographs, film, video footage, and or other recordings taken or captured by or for Holder TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC including RIDERS, STOCK CONTRACTORS, and or family/relatives of the same, FOR ANY PURPOSE OR USE whether personal, commercial or otherwise WITHOUT THE EXPRESS WRITTEN CONSENT OF PBR.
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Rich Cruse, Photographer
Laguna Niguel | CA | USA | Posted: 2:05 PM on 06.04.08
->> Wow Charles! That Professional Bull Riders Inc. not only wants you to give them all your images for free (including all copyrights), they won't accept liability for your safety. So you can get hit by a bull and they will steal all your images.

Who in their right mind would ever sign this- unless the PBR is paying you?

What is preventing you from taking photos from your seat and not signing anything?

Funny "PBR" used to stand for Pizza, Beer Run in my group of friends. ;-)
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