Phillies threaten to revoke media credentials for tweeting, then revoke entire policy

Rachel Kurland
March 27, 2019 - 1:51 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — In an unprecedented move, the Phillies enacted a cellphone policy for the press, then swiftly revoked its own new rule within 24 hours.

The team's public relations department sent a reminder Tuesday on "phone use during media availabilities."

"Please remind your talent, photographers, and anybody else from your station that is in attendance at a Phillies media availability that texting while the manager and players are speaking is inappropriate," the brief message said, "and failure to follow this rule could result in the revoking of media credentials."

Philly media were quick to respond, as were the Phillies — by "texting," they said they actually meant to say "tweeting."

It's unknown what prompted the abrupt email to threaten such a policy, but just as quickly as the message circulated, the Phillies rescinded the rule early Wednesday morning.

Sports reporters and related media often share live photos and videos of press conferences, which some journalists were surprised they had to even explain.

Others, however, came to the Phillies' defense, calling the policy an acknowledgement of respect.

Regardless of whatever started this back-and-forth no-tweeting rule, everyone will surely have their phones in hand Thursday at the Phillies opening day.