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|| News Item: Posted 2003-03-02

NCAA Tournament Strobe Use Explained
By Porter Binks, Sports Illustrated

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NCAA Tournament time is approaching, and many photographers who cover teams that are tourney "regulars" know the ropes pretty well. Those who don't can find the rules they face a little frustrating.

A simple review of the Strobe Light rules might be in order. And you can do that here: .

And in case and you aren't familiar with the print photo policies of the NCAA during tournament time, you can view those here: .

Generally, three sets of strobes are allowed: One for Sports Illustrated, one for AP/Reuters/USA TODAY and one set for the newspaper pool, which is shared by all other agencies. If you are newspaper photographer/picture editor who intends to provide any of those pool sets, drop me a note at I keep a list for he NCAA so they can keep straight all the folks sharing the lights.

The chart at right gives a breakdown of sites for this year's tourney. sports Illustrated has put together a web site that might help with tournament information. You can take a look at the site and also see links to other sites at

Also on the SI site is a map of the arena. If you'd like a listing of all the media coordinators for the first/second rounds and the regionals, you can view that at

By now it's too late to remind you that if you want to mount remote cameras at any of the sites, you should have filed that request with the media coordinator on March 1st, the same day most media credential forms were due. I'm sure some accommodation may be made if you hurry and make that request.

All phones have to be order from the Premium Phone Center at 888.838.8080. If you're working in a digital photo workroom or in the main pressroom, make sure the phone representative knows where to install your lines.


2003 NCAA Tourney sites & dates

First and Second Round Thurs 3/20 & Sat 3/22
Ford Center - Oklahoma City Huntsman Center - Salt Lake City RCA Dome - Indianapolis Spokane Arena- Spokane, WA.

Friday 3/21 & Sunday 3/23
Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Ctr- Birmingham, AL Fleet Center - Boston Gaylord Entertainment Ctr - Nashville St. Pete Times Forum - Tampa

Regional Sites Thurs 3/27 and Sat 3/29
West: Arrowhead Pond - Anaheim, CA Midwest: Metrodome - Minneapolis

Friday 3/28 and Sunday 3/30
South: Alamodome - San Antonio East: Pepsi Arena - Albany, NY

Final Four Saturday 4/5 & Mon 4/5
Louisiana Superdome - New Orleans 1st semifinal game 5:05 pm CT 2nd semifinal approximately 40 minutes after Monday National Championship game 8:18 pm CT

(Porter Binks is a picture editor with Sports Illustrated and has been the NCAA Tournament "Strobe Czar" since his days at USA TODAY.)

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