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Journalists rip NBA for bias against small publications

Journalists rip NBA for bias against small publications



Journalists rip NBA for bias against small publications

Members of the black and Latino press are livid at the NBA for what some say are discriminatory new media rules for games.


2017-11-11

The league has quietly revoked floor access to photojournalists for smaller publications, saying theres not enough room. Three seasons ago, the NBA allowed 40 camera positions, but this season they are now allowing just 20, 10 on each baseline.

In a statement, Rod Thorn, the leagues president of operations, said the policy is about safety. Many of the incidents of contact between players and photographers are around the basket area, so we felt it made sense to increase the open area between the baskets and the first photographer to four feet.

But some African-American publication editors are upset.

The NBA is a plantation always has been and nothing has changed with this new policy, New York Amsterdam News editor Nayaba Arinde told The Post.

She and others said the NBA has made money off the backs of small, community newspapers and many of its players come from the communities they serve.

On Thursday, the NBA reached a compromise with three publications, including the Amsterdam News, which will be granted limited floor access during Knicks and Nets home games.



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