WIAA orders two Wisconsin newspapers to stop selling tournament video coverage

By Mark Hertzberg, Racine Journal Times Director of Photography

WNPA members are joining several state and national organizations in opposition to credentialing regulations of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA). We have become aware that WIAA has contracted with two independent photography business, one still and one video, to cover tournaments, including regional sectional rounds.

WIAA’s contracts with these businesses prohibits newspapers from selling still or video reprints of their tournament coverage. The restriction is one of the conditions of being credentialed to cover the tournaments. Both the Appleton Post-Crescent and Racine Journal Times were ordered to stop selling video reprints of tournament football games. WIAA said that the restriction at the lower tournament level could be waived upon payment of a $100 licensing fee, which the newspapers have said they will not pay.

It is hoped that an agreement can be worked out before the start of winter tournament play.

Jonathan Utz of the State Journal has been our contact with WIAA. He is working with Dwight Nale (Appleton), Bill Olmsted (Janesville), Sherman Williams (Milwaukee), and me.

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