9:11 am August 26, 2011, by jgalloway
Light bulbs – presumably fluorescent, energy-saving ones – have just appeared over the heads of scores of revenue-hungry, high school football coaches in Georgia.
CHICAGO — The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association is constitutionally entitled to sign exclusive contracts for Internet streaming of high school sporting events, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.
The decision has national implications for media organizations that hoped to produce online broadcasts of sporting events free from restrictions by state athletic associations. It stems from a lawsuit against the Appleton Post-Crescent; its parent company Gannett Co. Inc.; and the Wisconsin Newspaper Association.
“We conclude that WIAA’s exclusive broadcasting agreements for Internet streaming are consistent with the First Amendment,” a three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decided in a 33-page ruling.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider
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