COMMISSIONER CAROLYN BIVENS: Good. First of all, let me say that we had hired about a month ago one of the best First Amendment lawyers and law firms in New York City. We had had conversations and prolonged sessions with the heads and the general counsels of a number of sports organizations. Every sentence that was in the credentials, from SBS is taken directly from a major sport credential.
There are a couple of things. No. 1, the first week we allowed redactions, changes, to be made to the credentials. We gathered all of those and consulted again with some of the other sport general counsels and with our First Amendment law firm and made changes.
The 48 hours, by the way, is and always has been in our credentials for all of the video and television footage. That wasn't new to the LPGA. That was new to the press credentials, not to network or broadcast.
The other change that the Associated Press asked us to make was the addition of a sentence that clearly stated that we were not controlling news stories. We added that.
The other language that ended up beyond the first 36 hours, by the end of this happened on a Wednesday. By Friday morning there had been a joint press release issued by the Associated Press and LPGA that the language did not inhibit news stories, nor was it ever intended to. Everything beyond that has been over the commercial use.
The other sentence that has caused so much conversation was taken out of a paragraph that said that the LPGA had the right to use the photographs solely for the purpose of promoting that tournament.
Now, where did that come from? That came from the NCAA credentials, for exactly the same reason the NCAA uses it. We're two organizations that don't have our own press core. We don't have our own in house crew, be that either photographers, reporters, whatever. We don't have that. So the only way that we promote the tournaments the next year is with the use of those photographs.
In some cases, the media is not the right owner of that. Unlike some of the other sports who will not credential freelancers, we do credential freelancers. So sometimes the media is not the rights holders, which meant that we needed to negotiate individual media by media for the use of that.
Does that answer your question?
Q. Carolyn, this tournament will mark the first time that Michelle and Morgan are playing in a major championship as professionals. Do you see this sort of as a seminal event for the TOUR? And how important is it for each one of them to win, not this week, but just in general?
COMMISSIONER CAROLYN BIVENS: Michelle and Morgan both played in Fields, so they were both on the course at the same time. I think one of the things that's really difficult for these young women, beyond just Michelle and Morgan, I'll also include Ai Miyazato and some of the others, there is an immense amount of pressure for them to win. Let's give them a little bit of let's give them a little bit of a break.
It is incredibly competitive out there. The caliber of golf that these women are playing is awesome. They will eventually win. They would love it to be sooner rather than later. You can put a lot of other women, including the article about Natalie this morning, Natalie consistently finishes in the Top 10. Every one of these women is not content, nor should they be, until they win a tournament.
The next thing the conversation is going to move to is when will they win a major. One thing will feed on the other. They will win. They are very, very good. This is just an extremely competitive sport.
PAUL ROVNAK: Thank you. Thank you, Carolyn.
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