Originally Posted by latso
Finally - is there any problem here or not?
ATP and ITF sell the rights for livescore coverage to a company and 80% of the money go to the federations, under a certain quota of course, which allows probably Rwanda to get a can of balls and France 100K for the hundreds of players they have. Fair? Fair.
In order not to have court side punters to cheat the livebetting system (yes, 30 seconds faster info is pure gold) and betfair bettors, they have people to prevent cheaters.
Problem? What is the problem with that?
The official livescorer, would like to have exclusivity when he's paid for it, instead of having people sending information for free.
If there is no control at all there will be always small companies trying to sell the information to local bookies or syndicates, or whoever needs such info, so there must be some control, no?
So, problem? - No problem. Even if we make 100 threads about the worrying times in tennis, there aren't any right now.
Tweeting is forbidden - first world problems
What you are failing to see is that this new rule is harming the most unprotected players of the tour, and benefiting only the ITF and federations.
All that a low ranked player's got to keep playing in the tour is sponsors help -unless they are wealthy-. How do you get sponsors? One of the ways is by promotion/popularity/prospect.
If you forbiddinng press from doing their job from the tournament, you are harming both journalism and players' as they get less exposure and therefore become even less popular
Journalism take the worst part, as they provide a service informing the results and updates scoreboards. There are a lot of result sites run by journalists who happen to provide this service and taking this away harm directly their identity.
Also, players follow many journalists that attend this tournaments to know how their friends are doing. Also, other journalists, sponsors and fans enjoy this. By killing this chance, you are forcing them to (probably) sign up to a betting site and pay for a service which can also be harmful for them --> as a player you are not adviced to have a betting site account. This could be harmful for them. Right? Also.. you re taking the human touch away...
We reached a dead-end here. What I want to point out is that this harms a lot of people who are part of the tennis community of every country: players, family, press, and so on. Taking this away is a big f*u to the bottom of the piramid of tennis.
It's not a "first world problem".. It is indeed a third world problem because we're dealing with the weakest links of the tennis chain. And this is a direct hit into the less glamorous part of the tour: those who desperate need every bit of help to survive ...