Premier League text updates – what you can and can’t do

Covering the Premier League with the Press Association Match Centre live text facilityHaving investigated whether any local papers are live blogging the Premier League I’ve only found one title that is doing so independently, and it seems they are operating outside the rules.

Under the terms of the tiered Dataco licence you can only update with three texts and nine images if you’ve signed a Level One agreement, and with nine texts and 15 images under their Level Two agreement. There are specific windows when you can publish these updates too. I’m not sure how vigorously these rules are enforced, mind… (For Dataco enquiries email accreditations@football-dataco.com or call 0207 864 9121)

As a solution for tonight’s clash with Portsmouth and Survival Sunday on May 24 I’ve secured a trial of the Press Association Match Centre facility, which features live text updates from all the games. Should be embeddable, but in the meantime the link is here: http://fmc.pa-sport.com/loadSite.html?clientID=42&theme=Default

* It’s worth noting that user-generated blogging would be almost impossible to police. Twitter updates from fans at a game, for instance, could provide a good commentary without breaking any rules.

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