Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Print Friendly and PDF On Sunday January 8, 2012, the Siena Saints played a basketball game at the Tumes Union Center in Albany, NY. Since the NY Giants playoff game was scheduled for the same time as the Saints tip-off, a plan was put in place to show the Giants game on the large screen in the arena. The thought was that people would not have to choose between their allegiances, and would be able to see both events simultaneously.
Alas, that did not happen...

Although the NCAA agreed, the local Fox channel agreed, and the teams playing on the court agreed, the Giants and the NFL did not agree. Evidently the football powerhouses had the law on their side, as our US copyright laws did not allow for the showing of the game in such circumstances on a screen larger than 55 inches. (See Title 17, Chapter 1, section 110: search it out. You'll find it.) I am not claiming that as the only "issue": I have no idea what the NFL/Giants actually said or claimed, other than not allowing the showing of the game in the situation.)

This just seems to me to be more evidence of the excessive power granted to professional sports. (If only the local people here had decided to show the game anyway- I would have loved to have watched the NFL take the hit it would have received for being the ogre.)

Putting the Giants on the big screen with Siena on the floor would have been a win-win for Siena, NCAA basketball, the Giants, and the NFL. It could also have been a good “nice guy” news story.
Then again. nice guys finish last.

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