I found out about the rights issue. I can't take my equipment into the venue. Nothing. I have to leave all recording equipment behind. Which sucks. I can go into the venue, I can watch the competition, I can even talk to the athletes. I just can't record anything. So I have to be basically a newspaper reporter.
The ironic thing is, if I were credentialed as an internet reporter instread of a broadcaster, I could do everthing. I could take my equipment into the venue, I could record interviews, I could do everything that not paying International Sports Broadcasting prevents me from doing now.
I have tried to communicate to my bosses that these games are like private parties - kind of like going to the Oscars or the Grammys. You can't do anything there without permission either.
So I get to watch. I can't record what I see other than in writing. So that's that. You no pay, you no play. Then why should I stay?
I did get the Voipdiscount.com problem solved. I was finally able to enter the right phone number, so now I can call the USA for free for the next 120 days. That's cool.
I was trying to find a headset to use with my computer so Ican make calls home. I will try to get one at a local mall later today.
I wonder if the American people would like the fact that I am here spending their money but I cannot deliver the product that I am trained to deliver. I can write things, like this post, but I can't take a photo, I can't record audio, and I can't do any video shooting because my government refuses to pay for the right for me to do that.
But someone from a Mexican, Salvadoran, or Cuban daily can do all that because they have a different credential.
But the TV stations in Chicago didn't pay for the rights either and so they're in the same boat I am. Cold comfort.
I think I'll go watch the fencing.