State sports briefs: Gannett to appeal judge's ruling on WIAA control of playoff web contentWisconsin Sports
- The owners of an Appleton newspaper will appeal a federal judge’s ruling that said the paper was wrong to show a high school football playoff game live on the paper’s Web site.
The owners of an Appleton newspaper will appeal a federal judge’s ruling that said the paper was wrong to show a high school football playoff game live on the paper’s Web site.
The Gannett Company and the Wisconsin Newspaper Association filed a notice of appeal yesterday, challenging a recent ruling from Madison Federal Judge William Conley. He said the Post-Crescent was not allowed to show a live Web-cast of the game, because the WIAA had a contract with a Madison company to televise it exclusively. The paper said the WIAA is a public body that’s required by the Constitution to let the media cover the games as they choose. But Judge Conley said all media had a right to watch the games, interview the participants, and provide coverage – even while the production company had the exclusive live telecasting access. Conley said it was okay for the WIAA to have its contract to show post-season events – and it’s a matter of commerce, not of a free press. The newspaper groups filed their notice with the federal appeals court in Chicago.
The Wisconsin Badgers are again looking for a new softball coach. Brent Vigness, whom the U-W hired last week, has decided to return to Creighton – where he has coached for the last 17 years. In a statement, Vigness explained that he came to realize that his situation back in Omaha is quote, “too ideal for me to leave … and it came down to my family.” U-W athletic director Barry Alvarez said the Badger job is a “terrific opportunity,” and he’s looking to bring someone on board who can build the program. The new coach will replace Chandelle Schulte. The Wisconsin softball team went 5-and-13 in the Big Ten this past year, and 20-and-31 overall.
University of Wisconsin senior Jon Leuer will help Team USA get ready for the World Basketball Championships that start in just over a month-and-a-half. Leuer has been named to a 20-member Select Team. They’ll train against the main U-S squad which features the likes of LeBron James and Dwayne Wade. Washington coach Lorenzo Romar, who once played for the Milwaukee Bucks, will coach the Select Team. They’ll train with the U.S. squad from July 20th-through-23rd in Las Vegas. The World Championships will be played in Turkey from August 28th-through-September 12th.