Precedent dictates that Twitter isn’t anything that can be enforced, merely monitored. But that isn’t stopping Washington’s athletic department from trying to do both.
The Huskies’ credential policy stipulates the following.
“Periodic updates of scores, statistics or other brief descriptions of the competition throughout the event are acceptable, as long as they do not exceed the recommended frequency (20 total in-game updates for basketball, 45 total in-game updates for football.”
Todd Dybas of the Tacoma News Tribune was reprimanded for violating this caveat during Washington’s 85–63 win over Loyola (MD) on Sunday. Below is the 21st tweet Dybas posted during the game.
Sunday night revelers heading for the exits. Washington up 79-61.
— Todd Dybas (@Todd_Dybas) November 12, 2012
It’s understandable that schools don’t want their sporting events transcribed in real-time so as not to take away from people’s desire to attend the event or tune in via “traditional” media. But trying to control Twitter usage among sports reporters? They’ll have an easier time herding cats.