Maryland Press Pass on e-Bay
So I am sitting in Maryland’s student union working on my blog yesterday afternoon when that familiar red light on my BlackBerry starts flashing. A new e-mail. Oh, and it’s from Maryland. Then another, and another.
Dear Eric Prisbell,
It has come to my attention that an individual is posting Maryland football media credentials for sale on e-Bay. … Individuals wearing these credentials will be escorted by police from the stadium immediately.
It continued, and my first reaction was, “I was having a great day and now I am getting blamed for something.” Turns out, all Maryland media members got the same email and some said they felt similar initial anxiety when reading it. There are a few rules for the press: Don’t cheer, and don’t sell or give away your press pass. Last time I saw something like this was at the Western Athletic Conference men’s basketball tournament in Tulsa earlier this decade, when a local bozo at the Buckaneer Bar offered a colleague and me money for our press passes. We declined and ordered another beverage.
But yesterday, someone asked for $100 for a press pass to Saturday’s Eastern Michigan game. By 10 p.m. last night, it was taken off e-Bay. It makes one wonder how the pass got in the wrong hands in the first place.
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