The golf press corps received a somewhat disturbing email this afternoon from PGA Tour Executive Vice President of Communications & International Affairs:
A few weeks ago the Australian scribes read the PGA Tour media regulations for the Presidents Cup and put on their protest in response to the tyrannical policies. Several large organizations, including the Australian AP, Reuters, News Limited and Fairfax Media, threatened not to sign the credentials agreement and cover the event from off-site, so they wouldn’t be hindered by the Tour’s regulations (mostly re: copyright on pictures and videos). But good news — both sides sat down and finally reached a deal.
The Australian press checked out the PGA Tour media regulations for the upcoming Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne, and let’s just say they weren’t big fans. Their complaints resonate with what the American golf media has challenged since the rules haven’t been altered appropriately in a world where so many people rely on social media tools (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) for their sports updates from on-site reporters.