August 24, 2004

OLYMPIC ATHLETES ARE FORBIDDEN TO BLOG — and this sounds particularly lame:

The IOC’s rationale for the restrictions is that athletes and their coaches should not serve as journalists – and that the interests of broadcast rights-holders and accredited media come first. . . .

To protect lucrative broadcast contracts, athletes and other participants are also prohibited from posting any video, audio or still photos they take themselves, even after the games, unless they get permission ahead of time.

So much for the spirit of amateurism, I guess.

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