Strict media guidelines put in place by North Dakota State University athletics last week have been rescinded after days of national and local scrutiny.
"I was profoundly disappointed when I learned the facts about this issue," NDSU president Dean Bresciani said in a statement emailed to BringMeTheNews. "This is not the way NDSU treats local journalists."
The guidelines would have limited non-paying journalists and broadcasters from doing their jobs at football and men's and women's basketball games. Media outlets that didn't win broadcast rights would have experienced:
- Altering broadcast or live online stream of regularly scheduled press conferences;
- Changes to game day broadcasts of live radio shows, pregame or postgame coverage initiated at NDSU facilities or grounds;
- No live broadcast or play-by-play blogging/tweeting/social media-ing of games;
- Changes to scheduling of one-on-one interviews with the head football or basketball coaches on radio, TV or internet without the written consent of NDSU.
Athletics Director Matt Larsen said in a statement he regrets the damage this has caused, and he'll contact media outlets to ensure they know journalists are welcome at sporting events and on campus.
NDSU's football team has won five consecutive national championships.