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U.S. Open latest to ban Periscope live-streaming

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Posted at 12:14 PM, Jun 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-17 12:25:27-04

Put a cap on that Periscope — live-streaming is not allowed at the U.S. Open, the U.S. Golf Association announced Wednesday.

That means no Meerkat, Periscope or Facetime. The penalty is banishment.

CNN reports that “enforcement officers” will patrol the tournament to prevent cell phone distractions and streaming. Officials will also monitor streaming and social media websites.

"We offer three channels of live-streaming of our own," said USGA public relations director Janeen Driscoll to CNN. "We believe that's a much better viewing experience than having fans distribute videos."

The National Hockey League also bans live-streaming beginning 30 minutes before game time, according to Yahoo Sports. The NHL maintains its own Periscope account.

Live-streaming is allowed by Major League Baseball — as long as it’s not out of control.

“No fan goes to our games with the thought of streaming live half an inning of a game,” said Bob Bowman, president of business and media for Major League Baseball to CNBC. “It’s generally themselves, their family and their friends.”

Recording of copyrighted work is prohibited by Periscope and Meerkat.

The streaming services were especially popular during the Mayweather versus Pacquiao fight on May 2, which aired on HBO for $100. Boxing fans from around the world recorded their TV screens.

The video feeds popped up as quickly as they were shut down.

Streaming bans can also affect the players themselves. NFL teams are not allowed to use Periscope, according to The Verge and a tweet from The New Orleans Saints.

Gavin Stern is a national digital producer for the E.W. Scripps Company.