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Twitter, Roddick, The US Open, The NFL and MORE!

If there is one thing you can rely on with new information/communication technologies its that those in power trying to control the spread of information for political or financial reasons will do whatever they can to slow the (inevitable) progress.

This week all the news is about how the US Open, the NFL and other major sporting leagues are trying to ban the use of Twitter by, depending on the sport, the players, the reporters and even, in some cases, the fans.

As reported by the NYT, Andy Roddick is one of many who think this is a bad idea and implies it might not have much force of power:

“I think its lame the U.S. Open is trying to regulate our tweeting,” he wrote Friday night. “I understand the on-court issue but not sure they can tell us if we can’t do it on our own time … we’ll see.”

Of course, for those in power, Twitter should be the least of their worries.  Think about all the fans with iPhones who can record and post video right there in the stands.  And why this obsession with Twitter? What about texting or emailing or shouting very loudly in a crowded room?

The point is that while one can understand trying to protect broadcast rights, it is hard to understand how a written communication from those attending or involved in a sporting event are going to somehow devalue those rights.

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