Departments

GEORGIA TECH ATHLETICS - MEDIA CREDENTIAL POLICIES

  • Established national, regional and local print publications (newspapers and magazines)
  • Television and radio broadcast rights holders
  • Local, regional and national television news-gathering entities
  • Online/digital entities whose primary purpose is news-gathering (including entities devoted to covering one of the competing teams as long as they hold season credentials to home games of those institutions)
  • Full-time scouts of NFL teams (football only)
  • Online sites or print publications devoted overwhelmingly to recruiting or gambling
  • Weekly newspapers outside the state of Georgia
  • Independent blog, internet radio, podcast or fan websites
  • Pro scouting services
  • NBA and Major League Baseball scouts
  • Freelance writers and photographers not on assignment for an accepted media organization or one of the competing institutions
  • The communications office reserves the right to refuse credential requests from any entity whose coverage or conduct is deemed to be unprofessional or not in the best interest of Georgia Tech Athletics.



A working credential ("Credential") issued by Georgia Tech Athletics constitutes a revocable license and is issued as a courtesy to an accredited agency (the "Agency") for the sole purpose of providing stadium or venue access to an individual representative of the Agency (the "Representative") who has a legitimate working function in connection with the event for which this credential is issued (the "Event"). It is non-transferable. No spouses, dates or children, except those working, will be allowed in the working press area or on the field. Photographers and videographers must comply with venue photography rules. Any unauthorized use of this Credential or violation of its terms subjects the Representative to revocation of this license and removal and ejection from the Event stadium or venue(s) and revocation of the Credential.

The Credential authorizes the use by the Agency of any descriptions, accounts, photographs, films, audio or video recordings, or drawings of the Event solely for news and editorial coverage of the Event in accordance with the News Access Guidelines established by the Atlantic Coast Conference and its television/digital rights licensees. Any other use or attempted use of any coverage of the Event by the Representative or the Agency is expressly prohibited, unless the Agency has obtained the prior specific written permission of the Atlantic Coast Conference for such other use. Any secondary or commercial use of any picture, audio description, film/tape or drawing of the game taken or made by the accredited organization or individual to whom this Credential has been issued (including, but not limited to use in delayed editorial, advertising, sales promotion or merchandising) is prohibited without prior specific written approval of the Atlantic Coast Conference.



The Representative or Agency shall not use more than two (2) minutes of video highlights from the Event, regardless of the origination of said highlights, and such usage shall be limited to a regularly scheduled television newscast aired by the Agency within a 48-hour period following the conclusion of the Event. No in-progress highlights of an Event may be distributed or displayed. Newscasts containing highlights from the Event may be simulcast in real time (i.e. live) on the station's website, but no newscasts containing highlights from the Event may be shown on a delayed basis on such website, on an on demand basis or archived on such website or be made available on any basis to any third-party website or by streaming to any wireless device or service. The newscast in which such highlights are shown must be a news program in which the sports content is comprised of multiple sports. No more than four (4) minutes, in the aggregate, of highlights from all events being telecast by ESPN/ABC may be used in any single thirty (30) minute program and no more than six (6) minutes of such material may be used in any single sixty (60) minute program. No sublicensing of usage rights to any other entity is permitted. Accredited Agencies are prohibited from utilizing any video highlights captured at an athletic contest on any digital media distribution platform including, without limitation, the internet, wireless handsets, mobile applications, podcasts, etc. without prior written license from the Atlantic Coast Conference or its designee except for the real-time simulcasts specifically set forth in the preceding paragraph.



In consideration for the Holder of this Credential being allowed to enter the Event venue under the terms and conditions hereof, the Holder of this Credential hereby assumes all risks and waives, relinquishes, discharges and releases the Atlantic Coast Conference, its member institutions, and the respective trustees, directors, officers, employees and other persons acting on behalf of the foregoing (collectively, the "ACC Parties") from any and all liability--including without limitation personal injury--which the Holder may sustain while present in the Event venue or on the grounds thereof and further covenants not to sue any of the ACC Parties on account of any and all liability--including without limitation for personal injury.

No media personnel, including journalists, radio and television personnel, or their equipment, shall be in the team area or coaching box, and no media personnel shall communicate in any way with persons in the team area or coaching box. Each photographer shall wear a visible credential issued by the communications and public relations director. Photographers working on the field level or courtside may not obstruct the view of a ticket purchaser. In the interest of the safety of the participants, photographers may use monopods, but tripods are not allowed on the sidelines or courtside.

The institution or its designee may at any time revoke a credential and/or any of the rights granted hereunder for any reason in its sole discretion. Thank you for your cooperation.