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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

RazorVision

Posted By on Wed, Jul 23, 2008 at 8:36 AM

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I admit it. I pay only passing attention to sports. I've paid a little more attention the last week because of the welcome combination of men's and women's athletics at the University of Arkansas. Thanks to that interest, I received an e-mail about the UA's slick new combined website, arkansasrazorbacks.com, and about a free trial offer of RazorVision, which will provide live feeds of Razorback sports and many other items of athletic interest for a monthly fee. It promises, for example, coverage of football coach Bobby Petrino's trip to the SEC football coaches gathering from "wheels up" in Fayetteville through the interview rooms in Birmingham. Be still my heart.

I gather there'd previously been a pay option for advanced sports information services from UA and that all colleges are moving aggressively to take control of their sports signals to further monetize athletics. I just haven't been following closely. Perhaps some follower of the athletic world can explain all this to me.

It does seem a tiny bit unusual for the work of public employees to be put up for sale on a monthly basis. What if I asked to see these public employees' work product -- inside dope news releases, interviews, whatever -- under the Freedom of Information Act? No-go unless I paid? Just wondering.

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