Sports Video For News Sites: Which Rights Are Right?


Newspapers angry at increasingly stringent rules governing online sports reporting should stop griping and pay for the privilege, says one digital media owner who’s done just that. Andrew Croker, executive chair of Perform, which holds online rights for plenty of football amongst other sports, said newspapers, who are increasingly using video, are now no different from broadcasters…

The broadcasters pay but the [newspaper] journalists get a free sandwich and a parking space,” he told the Westminster e-Forum (via PG). Newspaper editors recoil at the thought of paying to cover an event and argue it is an issue of press freedom, but for Croker their argument is spurious:

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