Policy Limiting Tweeting at UW Basketball Games Excessive, Unconstitutional

The University of Washington’s enforcement of its Live Coverage Policy at UW basketball games has the media crying foul.  The UW’s Live Coverage Policy states that members of the media who are “Credential Holders” “are not permitted to promote or produce in any form a ‘real time’ description of the event.”  A local reporter was recently reprimanded for sending excessive tweets during a UW basketball game. 

On what legal authority does the UW base the adoption of its Live Coverage Policy?  When considered in light of the live NBA broadcast, hot news and college football First Amendment cases discussed below, the UW’s actions exceed the scope of its live broadcast rights and violate the First Amendment.

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