AP, other news agencies will not cover IPL cricket tournament

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International news agencies including The Associated Press say they will not cover this year's Indian Premier League cricket tournament later this month because of new IPL rules restricting where and how tournament news can be distributed.

The News Media Coalition, the international body that monitors attempts by sporting events to control news coverage, said a number of media organizations were concerned about the IPL rules.

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Modi explains, "As far as

Modi explains,

"As far as news agencies are concerned the conditions are that they cannot sell these photos commercially or give them to cricket-related websites (even though they are their subscribers)," he said.

"There have been many instances in the past when these photos were used for commercial purposes. You cannot use them to sell shampoo.

The IPL chief claimed these restrictions on usage of video footage and still-images by non-rights holders were nothing new in international sports events and existed in the Olympic Games, World Cups and major leagues like NBA.

"We have taken these line by line, improved on each and every aspect and made our guidelines more friendly," Modi asserted.

Modi also informed that the Indian Premier League has fixed a five-minute period, split into two equal halves, for the mandatory strategic time-outs during the third edition of the Twenty20 event starting on March 12.

- cricketnirvana.com

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