More on the Leafs' access ban
Chris Zelkovich, the sports media columnist for the Toronto Star, has a nice piece today on the real reason the Maple Leafs have issued a ban on hand-held cameras in the locker room:
It's about turf. The Leafs have a website and they want their property to be exclusively theirs.I'm glad to see some coverage of this issue, because while it may cause fans eyes to "to glaze over," it's incredibly important in terms of allowing the press to report and have access to all of the tools available to them.
"We need to find a way to protect our own interests as far as Web content and at the same time balance that out and not restrict the media's right to cover the games," Lashway says.
It's only a matter of time before all print reporters are doing the sort of work Eric McErlain and others are with video interviews, and bans like this only serve to keep us in the Stone Age.
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