The National Hockey League has decided to ban the use of live streaming apps Periscope and Meerkat during its games.
Bill Daly, the League’s deputy commissioner, announced the embargo in a memo released on Tuesday.
“Without limiting the generality of identifying language, any broadcast of footage in violation of NHL broadcast guidelines (including, for example, live broadcast inside the arena less than 30 minutes before the start of the game) and the media access policy is expressly prohibited,” reads the memo obtained by Mashable.
The NHL has yet to specify what the penalty will be for fans who are caught live-streaming a game to others, but we know the ban extends before, during and after games.
As cult of mac notes, other professional sports leagues, such as Major League Baseball, have taken a more lenient stance toward both apps. In an interview with CNBCBob Bowman, CEO and president of MLB Advanced Media, told the network he doesn’t see live streaming becoming a problem.
“No fan comes to our game with the idea of live streaming a half-inning of a game,” he said. “They’ve been capturing images of our players for a long time, and you need to allow that kind of activity.”