SEC expected to impose new restrictions on media

Associated Press - August 7, 2009 4:55 PM ET

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The Southeastern Conference is expected to impose rules that prohibit the news media from posting video from games, practices and news conference.

The rules also limit televised highlights from games.

They were released to member schools on Thursday and a copy was obtained by The Tuscaloosa News, which reported the new policies Friday.

SEC spokesman Charles Bloom said the new restrictions are designed to protect the league's agreement with XOS Technologies for a new digital network.

Bloom said the policy is subject to change. It limits TV stations from carrying clips of longer than three minutes and allows highlights to be aired for only 72 hours after a game ends.

The SEC Digital Network is expected to launch in time for the upcoming football season.

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