MORRIS SUES PGA OVER ONLINE DISTRIBUTION OF SCORES

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By: Staff Reports

Company Say Tour Monopolizes Real-Time Results





Morris Communications Corp. of Augusta, Ga., sued the PGA Tour this week for the right to sell golf tournament scores live on the Internet to other media, according to Morris News Service.



Filed in Jacksonville, Fla., the antitrust lawsuit says the Tour monopolizes real-time scores on its own Web site by preventing media outlets from selling those scores to other media.



Julian Miller, general manager of Morris’ Augusta Chronicle, said that once the scores go up on tournament scoreboards, they have entered the public domain.



The Tour issued this statement to Morris News Service: “The PGA Tour recognizes and welcomes the need for news organizations to have access to a wide range of information about Tour competitions and players … However, to the extent the lawsuit seeks to force the Tour to allow Morris Communications to sell proprietary PGA Tour scoring information gathered in the Tour’s tournament press rooms, in direct violation of the Tour’s media regulations, the Tour disagrees with Morris Communications.”







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