Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Real time blogging at sports events isn't just a matter of debate here in the U.S. The Guardian's Jemima Kiss gives us her opinion of the pros and cons of blogging onsite from sports events and conferences here. In part, says Ms. Kiss,
Readers should have the ultimate say, and they like live blogs because they are efficient, easy to follow and versatile. If the NCAA is concerned about losing advertising audience for its broadcasts, it would do well to understand the popularity of the live blogs in the first place; they may well have the TV or radio on too, but want the backchannel that a blog allows so they can discuss what is happening.
If it's about rights - then those rights need to fit about the sports fans and not the other way around. That said, real-time text coverage is a relatively new format so no doubt it will be a decade before the rights framework catches up.