Ryder Cup Organizers Introduce Strict Cell Phone Regulations At Gleneagles
Ryder Cup organizers have "introduced a ban on uploading photographs to the internet via social media during the event at Gleneagles in Scotland later this month," according to the London TELEGRAPH. No audio or video "is permitted at all during the six-day event," as the PGA of America and the European Tour "want to make sure their image is intact, and players are not distracted." Anyone "contravening the lengthy list of regulations will have their mobile device or camera confiscated for the duration of the day." Sarah Pedersen, a communications professor at Robert Gordon Univ. in Aberdeen, Scotland, said of the ban, "It is something we will see an increase in. There are all sorts of reasons behind this, to do with sponsorship." The ground regulations "warn ticketholders, who have paid" up to US$1,968 a day, that "no audio or video capture is permitted and no still photography except on practice days." While texting "is allowed, and calls in designated areas, mobile phones must be in silent mode at all times." Other prohibitions "include a ban on autographs, running, personal mobility scooters and children under five" (London TELEGRAPH, 9/1).