Media Credentials Policy
2. Daily newspapers, wire services, and regional and national publications that regularly and substantially report on University of Maryland intercollegiate athletics.
3. Non-originating radio and television personnel producing reports on a University of Maryland intercollegiate athletic competition. Only local radio stations with a full-time sports director conducting a regular and substantial sports show reporting on University of Maryland intercollegiate athletics receive consideration for credentials.
4. Officially recognized University of Maryland daily student publications and daily student electronic media outlets that regularly and substantially report on University of Maryland intercollegiate athletics.
5. Official websites of Atlantic Coast Conference schools, non-conference opponents, and the Atlantic Coast Conference office.
6. Non-daily newspapers or publications that regularly and substantially report on University of Maryland intercollegiate athletics.
7. Online entities that meet the requirements set out in guideline 7, below.
2. With the exception of Terrapin beat reporters reporting on the team on a daily basis and producing daily reports, all passes are approved and issued on a game-by-game basis.
3. Except as otherwise provided for in this policy, all passes and credentials are transferable within the same media outlet for use by those serving an editorial function. Passes used by any member of a credentialed outlet without specific editorial assignment or by non-working members of the organization are subject to revocation upon University request.
4. Due to limited space and to ensure compliance with NCAA guidelines, credentials will not be issued to "free-lance" writers or photographers without a specific assignment received in writing by the assigning organization.
5. The University of Maryland and the NCAA prohibit the issuance of credentials to representatives of an organization that regularly publishes gambling information, such as "tout sheets" or "tip sheets." The University of Maryland will not issue credentials to organizations whose primary function is to deliver news related to the recruitment of student-athletes.
6. No credentials will be issued to individuals under the age of 18. Admission to media facilities are for working media only.
7. Credentials may be issued: a) to online entities that are affiliated with a national or regional media organization; or, b) to online entities that host a website that regularly and substantially reports on University of Maryland intercollegiate athletics, and employs for that University of Maryland-dedicated website at least one full-time permanent employee who writes a substantial majority of all material posted on the site, and that registers a minimum of 20,000 legitimate unique users per month in each of the past 12 months.
An online entity that meets the requirements of either 7.a) or 7.b) and which sponsors message boards or chat rooms may be credentialed only if the entity enforces its policies regarding abusive or discriminatory material.
8. University personnel may deny or revoke credentials without notice and an individual shall surrender his/her credential upon request for: noncompliance with the priorities or guidelines set out in this policy; noncompliance with health, safety, or security directives issued regarding University athletic events; violations of University, Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, NCAA, or ACC policies; and for conduct for which there are reasonable grounds to believe violate state or federal law, or constitute a breach of professional ethics. Any organization that wishes to contest a denial or revocation shall: a) request the Media Relations Office provide a written rationale for the denial or revocation; b) submit a written response to that rationale to the Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations. After reviewing the response, the Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations, in consultation with appropriate University officials, shall issue a decision to uphold or reverse the denial or revocation. The Associate Athletic Director's decision shall be final.
9. The University of Maryland Athletics Media Relations Office reserves the right to change this policy at any time. The latest version will be available online at www.umterps.com.
Credential requests must be made by sports editors or sports directors online no later than five days prior to an event.
Credential requests can also be made on official letterhead from a sports editor or sports director and sent to Doug Dull, Athletics Media Relations Office, 2715 Comcast Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20741. They may also be faxed to 301-314-9094. No credential requests will be accepted by phone.
Credentials will be mailed whenever possible, picked up at the Athletics Media Relations Office or picked up on game day at Media Will Call at the back door in the loading dock of Comcast Center. Credentials will be sent via overnight entities (FedEx preferred) only at the expense of the requesting outlet.
All persons picking up credentials will be required to furnish positive identification.
Failure to abide by these restrictions implemented by the University of Maryland may result in revocation of press credentials.
Maryland reserves the right to grant approval for distribution of real-time play-by-play, game-related statistics and information through the Internet ("real time" is defined as any online media providing live continual play-by-play coverage, in-game statistics, digital photographs, or audio or video of an event).
In-Season Interview Policy
Head coach Gary Williams is available on the day before each game for an interview session in the Comcast Center media work room. Contact Dull for times and potential player availability.
Players and coaches have been instructed not to participate in interviews unless they have been arranged through the media relations office.
Player phone numbers will not be released, and members of the media are asked not to attempt to contact student-athletes or relatives on the telephone, via e-mail or by any other means. Players are not available for live call-in radio shows.
Game Day Media Parking
For lots P1 and P2, after entering campus on Paint Branch Drive, take the first right at Terrapin Trail, and proceed approximately 100 yards to the media parking area on the right.
Media Seating and Media Work Room
Located on the court level of Comcast Center, the work room is directly across from the men's basketball locker room and directly behind the courtside area. They are connected by the tunnel area adjacent to the loading dock and service entrance on the arena's northeast corner. The work room opens well before game time and media representatives are welcome upon arrival at the arena.
The NCAA has established a policy to control congestion in photography areas. Priority shall be given, in all instances, to photographers and videographers on assignment. Only game photographers (no runners, assistants or producers) shall have access to courtside photo areas.
Strobe lights may be installed in Comcast Center, but arrangements must be made through the Media Relations Office two weeks in advance. Space for strobe lights is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The visiting team's locker room access policy is determined by officials of that school. Visiting head coaches will be available in an interview area located in the tunnel near the visiting team locker room.
Telephones and Internet