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Gulf Coast Challenge Credential Policy

 

Preference will be given to media that cover all home and away games of the SWAC teams participating in the Gulf Coast Challenge  as well as media outlets of Alabama and the Gulf Coasts of Louisiana Mississippi and Florida who routinely cover Gulf Coast Challenge related events. Next priority will be given to media covering all home games of either of the two schools.

Guidelines

In addition to the above policy, specific outlets must meet the following guidelines to be credentialed:

Newspaper:

  • Credentials shall not be issued to the following:
  • Persons solely for the purpose of writing or gathering material for books;
  • Representatives of syndicated television or cable programmers who are not producing programs for immediate news coverage (i.e., to air within 24 hours);
  • Telephone reporting services;
  • Entities normally identified as “tout sheets,” and other publications devoted solely to gambling;
  • Scouts from professional teams; (Instead, tickets are available for purchase by the professional league office if requested and if tickets are available, with the understanding that the professional league will distribute the tickets to the teams as it wishes.)
  • Agencies that normally provide specific services for a media agency (e.g., scores) if many of its clients have been accredited to staff the event.
  • Online entities not specifically referenced herein.

The Gulf Coast Challenge reserves the right to revoke any credential used by individuals not fully accredited, or an individual not in compliance with press box and/or sideline standards.

Television Station:

All stations must have regular nightly sports segments with a full-time sports director/talent.

Credentials shall not be issued to the following:

  • Persons solely for the purpose of writing or gathering material for books;
  • Representatives of syndicated television or cable programmers who are not producing programs for immediate news coverage (i.e., to air within 24 hours);
  • Telephone reporting services;
  • Entities normally identified as “tout sheets,” and other publications devoted solely to gambling;
  • Scouts from professional teams; (Instead, tickets are available for purchase by the professional league office if requested and if tickets are available, with the understanding that the professional league will distribute the tickets to the teams as it wishes.)
  • Agencies that normally provide specific services for a media agency (e.g., scores) if many of its clients have been accredited to staff the event.
  • Online entities not specifically referenced herein.

The Gulf Coast Challenge reserves the right to revoke any credential used by individuals not fully accredited, or an individual not in compliance with press box and/or sideline standards.

Radio Stations:

Radio stations must have a sports director and regular daily sports shows. These stations must cover either the two teams (as determined by the two team’s SIDs) and/or the Gulf Coast Challenge on a regular, year-round basis. If available, seats in the press box are limited to two per station.

Credentials shall not be issued to the following:

  • Persons solely for the purpose of writing or gathering material for books;
  • Representatives of syndicated television or cable programmers who are not producing programs for immediate news coverage (i.e., to air within 24 hours);
  • Telephone reporting services;
  • Entities normally identified as “tout sheets,” and other publications devoted solely to gambling;
  • Scouts from professional teams; (Instead, tickets are available for purchase by the professional league office if requested and if tickets are available, with the understanding that the professional league will distribute the tickets to the teams as it wishes.)
  • Agencies that normally provide specific services for a media agency (e.g., scores) if many of its clients have been accredited to staff the event.
  • Online entities not specifically referenced herein.

The Gulf Coast Challenge reserves the right to revoke any credential used by individuals not fully accredited, or an individual not in compliance with press box and/or sideline standards

 

Photographers:

Staff photographers who represent accredited daily or weekly newspapers and national magazines are given first preference on sideline credentials. There is no photo space available in the press box. All photographers on the sideline must be carrying professional cameras. No cutline writers, grips or messengers will be allowed in this area due to field congestion.

Credentials shall not be issued to the following:

  • Persons solely for the purpose of writing or gathering material for books;
  • Representatives of syndicated television or cable programmers who are not producing programs for immediate news coverage (i.e., to air within 24 hours);
  • Telephone reporting services;
  • Entities normally identified as “tout sheets,” and other publications devoted solely to gambling;
  • Scouts from professional teams; (Instead, tickets are available for purchase by the professional league office if requested and if tickets are available, with the understanding that the professional league will distribute the tickets to the teams as it wishes.)
  • Agencies that normally provide specific services for a media agency (e.g., scores) if many of its clients have been accredited to staff the event.
  • Online entities not specifically referenced herein.

The Gulf Coast Challenge reserves the right to revoke any credential used by individuals not fully accredited, or an individual not in compliance with press box and/or sideline standards.

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