Late last month, Fargo newspaper The Forum reported North Dakota State University was essentially banning media outlets from covering any athletics unless they paid for exclusive media rights.
Well, that policy did not last long.
Under the previous policy, media outlets that did not acquire exclusive rights would have been prohibited from interviewing any athlete or coach and even prohibited from live tweeting games.
This policy obviously rubbed people the wrong way.
Luckily, the university has decided to stay with the modern age and welcome all media outlets by rescinding the previously poorly thought out policy.
“I was profoundly disappointed when I learned the facts about this issue,” university president Dean Bresciani said in a statement released to KFGO.
“This is not the way NDSU treats local journalists and our many loyal fans who value the breadth of news coverage NDSU enjoys. As the state’s land grant university, our commitment is to access and inclusion in all endeavors.”
After the policy was rescinded, North Dakota State athletic director Matt Larsen apologized for his failed policy.
“I erred in not bringing these ideas forward for the president’s review, and I regret the damage this has caused to the administration, institution and university community,” Larsen said.
It’s nice to see that someone wised up over in Fargo.
Otherwise, the university would have been doing a disservice to its student-athletes by limiting exposure and media attention they would have been able to receive.
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