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Paying for wireless at the NCAA Tournament?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by CCaple, Mar 9, 2009.

  1. CCaple

    CCaple Member

    Looks like you have to, as the telecommunications order form now lists wireless internet for $10 per day. What the hell? Have they always done this?
  2. Some Guy

    Some Guy Active Member

    Seems like it actually used to be more than that, actually ...
  3. sprtswrtr10

    sprtswrtr10 Member

    It used to cost a lot more.
    Like $35 or something.
    It was insane, because these are arenas that had everything been left the same, it would have been free. Wireless had to be turned off so the NCAA could charge for it. Often, it would be a volunteer taking care of it, and they might see to it that your password worked every day, or that everybody had the same password, so a friend from another place might tell you and you'd get it for free. Nonetheless, when worked properly, it was absolute robbery.
  4. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

  5. That's such BS. I wonder if there are ways around it?
  6. Some Guy

    Some Guy Active Member

    When we had multiple writers covering an tournament event a couple of years ago, they allowed us all to share a username and password ... but that's about it.
  7. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    If it's $10, that is a serious bargain compared to two years ago.
  8. Cosmo

    Cosmo Well-Known Member

    Yeah, when I covered the women's tournament in Chicago a few years back, it was $35 a day.

    Deadline wasn't a serious issue because of the time of the game, so I just went back to the hotel to file, since I was already paying for internet there ...
  9. Bucknutty

    Bucknutty Member

    Exactly what I was thinking.
  10. Hammer Pants

    Hammer Pants Active Member

    I'm not complaining about the $10. I've paid way more in the past, and my bosses are (obviously) budget-crunching more than ever this year and praying for our area's teams to get close sites.
  11. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Just because it was more in the past doesn't excuse it, imo. That's just money-sucking crap from an organization that prints it.
  12. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    You should give it to us free! [/newspapers]
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