High school associations vs. the press - Round 4
(For previous posts, click on the "sports" label below.)
Well, in Illinois the dispute between the high school association and the press association over who gets to take pictures at athletic events has now reached the Legislature, even as it continues to slog its way through the courts.
Two legislators have introduced or are readying proposals to declare that news organizations have access to all public school sporting events as a matter of policy.
Given the growing tendency of high school associations in various states to demand control over access and photography rights, if the Illinois Press Association is successful, maybe press associations around the country should be looking at a little pre-emptive strike in their legislatures too (though I am mindful of the argument that in some states it might just stir the high school associations to try to assert rights they have not asserted before).