Gannett, Wisconsin Newspaper Association Appeal Decision on High School Game Coverage

By: The Associated Press

(AP) Gannett Co. and the Wisconsin Newspaper Association are appealing a recent court decision dealing with live Internet streaming of high school games.

A federal judge last month ruled in favor of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association. He said the WIAA’s exclusive agreement with a video-production company doesn’t stifle media freedom.

Media company Gannett and the newspaper association disagree. They appealed last week arguing that as a public institution, WIAA has to allow the media access to its events.

WIAA counters that its postseason sports aren’t public events and it needs to charge fees for access to tournaments.

The WIAA filed the initial lawsuit in 2008 after The Post-Crescent of Appleton streamed live coverage of four high school football playoff games.

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