All requests for and questions about WFTDA media credentials will be directed to Credentials@wftda.com
The Women's Flat Track Derby Association ("WFTDA") may issue qualified members of the media credentials to cover one or more WFTDA-sponsored tournaments (the "Events"). The WFTDA welcomes media attendance at the Events. However, available space at all of the Events is limited; therefore, only a certain number of media credentials will be issued.
For each Event, the WFTDA will, at its sole discretion, select the media outlets it believes are best positioned to provide media coverage of the Events. This media credentials agreement has been established to provide you with an understanding of the rights and restrictions associated with the WFTDA media credentials.
(Please note: personal page publishers, discussion board/chat rooms, and subscription-only sites will not be given media credentials.)
The WFTDA will issue media credentials at its sole discretion, with a preference toward staff reporters/photographers and/or freelance journalists/photographers on assignment to cover the Event(s) for an established print or broadcast media outlet. You may be asked to provide written verification from the media outlet of the assignment to cover the Event(s).
Website-only journalists may be granted media credentials provided that: 1) the website has a demonstrated record of original roller derby news content; 2) the website’s staff writes an overwhelming percentage of that website’s material; and/or 3) the website can provide certifiable visitor traffic statistics on the credential request form for review.
The WFTDA will consider issuing media credentials to journalists representing the following:
An acceptance or rejection e-mail will be sent to you shortly after you submit your request to us. If the WFTDA grants you media credentials, you will be given information about when and where to pick up your media credentials badge. given information about when and where to pick up your media credentials badge.
If you have been issued a media credentials badge, you will have access to media work areas at the venue (when space and facilities are available) as well as any other areas where media access is provided. A media credentials badge does not guarantee you unrestricted access to all areas.
Even if you have been issued a media credentials badge, you are not guaranteed “comped” admission to the Event. “Comped” admission is at the discretion of the WFTDA and/or the Event host league. You will be notified of comped admission, if applicable, at the time your media credentials approval email is sent.
You must wear your media credentials badge at all times during the Event, and you will be subject to the direction and/or supervision of the WFTDA and its designated representatives. Media credentials are not transferable; you may not give or loan your media credentials badge to another person for any reason. Any misuse of the media badge will result in the immediate loss of the badge, removal from the event, and the loss of media privileges for future WFTDA events.
Please note that the WFTDA may restrict the use of any equipment at its sole discretion.
You may not use, distribute, exhibit, reproduce, adapt, display, or publish any audio or visual accounts of the Event(s), other than in the manner described below. Nothing in this media credentials agreement authorizes or allows you to violate any trademark, copyright, or other proprietary right of the WFTDA, the leagues, the teams, and/or the Skaters.
The WFTDA has exclusive broadcast rights to all WFTDA events and works closely with its official broadcast vendors(s) (the “WFTDA Official Broadcaster”). No camera crews other than those of the WFTDA or the WFTDA Official Broadcaster, or approved news crews will be allowed to film or broadcast the track and surrounding seating areas during the games.
“Real-time” is defined as “live and continuous description of an event.” The “real-time” transmission of streaming video, digital images, text-casting, and/or real-time audio (including play-by-play and statistics) of any Event by anyone other than the WFTDA or the WFTDA Official Broadcaster is not permitted.
The WFTDA grants you, as a valid media credentials bearer, the right to use the following gathered information:
You may gain access to the venue to shoot practice sessions, warm-ups, and post-competition interviews in designated media areas and, with special permission, may additionally be in the venue at the time of the game to record press conferences or other interviews. The aforementioned activities are to be conducted in an area away from the WFTDA Official Broadcaster’s crews so your interviews do not interfere with the WFTDA Official Broadcaster’s rights and personnel.
Please be respectful of the Skaters’ game schedule when requesting an interview and remember that any Skater may decline the interview request. Repeated requests or hassling of an individual for an interview will result in forfeiture of your media credentials.
You will not be permitted to interview Skaters in the thirty (30) minutes prior to their game. Post-game interviews and press conferences may be held once the WFTDA Official Broadcaster has concluded its post-game interview sessions. Post-game interviews will be conducted in the designated media areas or other public areas.
Locker rooms and backstage areas are off-limits to all media.
Under certain circumstances, WFTDA game footage can be sent to you digitally by submitting an email request to your WFTDA media contact via email, or email@example.com and specifying video file type, codec, resolution and additional specs. Please review the following parameters:
If you or your media outlet would like to use the WFTDA footage in any manner not described above, please contact WFTDA for permission at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are with an Internet radio station and/or a podcast, you cannot carry any broadcast report from the venue while the game is still in progress. You may, however, report on the Events within a newscast and are not precluded from reporting or updating the score of the game while it is in progress if you are outside of the venue.
You may not – directly or indirectly – blog or otherwise provide live play-by-play or jam-by-jam reports, continuous updates, or textcasts from the venue while the game is in progress.
If you have been issued media credentials, you have a limited, nonexclusive, and nontransferable license to take and use photographs of the Event, as long as such use does not imply an endorsement or sponsorship relationship between a third-party and the WFTDA, the leagues, teams, and/or Skaters.
You assume all risk and danger incidental to the sport of roller derby, as well as any risk or danger reasonably foreseeable while on the grounds of the venue, and you release the WFTDA, its employees, members, directors, officers, sanctioned tournament and host sites, title sponsors, participating Skaters, volunteers, assigns, and all agents thereof from any and all liabilities resulting from injuries or personal property loss occurring before, during or after actual play, or while otherwise at the Event venue or any associated WFTDA events.
In the event that your name or likeness is included in any broadcast, telecast, photograph, film, video, or other media taken in connection with the Events, you grant the WFTDA a nonexclusive, transferable, perpetual right and royalty-free license to use (and to sub-license the use of) your name and likeness in any media worldwide, whether now known or hereafter devised.
You jointly and severally indemnify, defend, and hold the WFTDA (and its officers, directors, and representatives) harmless from and against any and all claims, actions, damages, liabilities, costs or expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs of suit/arbitration) arising out of or in connection with any act or omission by you, including, without limitation, your breach of any term of this agreement.
With respect to any claim that might give rise to your liability as an indemnitor, the WFTDA will (a) have the right to fully participate in the litigation of such claim with counsel selected by you or your media organization, and approved by the WFTDA, at no expense to the WFTDA; and (b) not be obligated, without its consent, to participate in any settlement of such claim.
If possible, the WFTDA would appreciate it if you would include the WFTDA’s mission somewhere in your game coverage: "The Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) promotes and fosters the sport of women's flat track roller derby by facilitating the development of athletic ability, sportswomanship, and goodwill among Skaters and member leagues."
You must agree to these terms upon submission of your request for media credentials for the WFTDA Events. Submission of your request and/or acceptance and use of the tournament media credentials badge constitutes your agreement to abide by the terms and conditions contained herein. Failure to abide by the terms and conditions will result in loss of your media credentials for these Events and future WFTDA events.
All requests for and questions about WFTDA media credentials should be directed to Credentials@wftda.com
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