Media Regulations

The DGPT Media Regulations are in place to provide a clear set of rules regarding media coverage of DGPT events. In order to obtain a media credential for any DGPT event, media teams must agree to abide by the DGPT Media Regulations and submit a request 48 hours prior to the event. Organizations creating editorial content must submit a DGPT Media Credentials Form companies creating professional media for profit must submit a DGPT Content Creation Form.

Media Rights

In order for events to join the DGPT, each event must enter into a yearly Event Agreement. Part of this agreement gives event media rights to the DGPT. This allows the DGPT to fund, organize, and promote an overall media strategy that can be publicized in collaboration with each event. All video, audio, and photographic rights of the event are retained by the DGPT. Use of any sounds or images derived from the event must be authorized by the written consent of the DGPT. Any approved onsite media consents to share their videography or photography with PDGA and LOC for promotional purposes.

The DGPT owns and operates a few events on Tour, but most events are owned by what the PDGA dubs the “local organizing committee.” In some instances, this is the local disc golf club that has created and grown an event and who volunteers to take care of the course the event is played at. In other cases, a business owns and operates the event and venue. While there are several models for the types of organizations that own and manage events, all events that are not run by the DGPT retain event media rights when and if they are no longer on Tour.

Media Ownership

Videographers and photographers retain ownership of any images or videos captured at DGPT events, unless otherwise contractually negotiated. Any resale or commercial use of images or moving pictures must be authorized by the written consent of the DGPT.

Media Classification

Media at DGPT events are classified into three categories: Professional use, personal use, and editorial use. Personal use guidelines can be found in the DGPT Media Policy.

The following regulations outline requirements related to professional use and editorial use media.

Professional Use Media

Our goal is to work with media companies to provide an opportunity to create new, exciting content for fans, while working within the regulations created to protect the intellectual property and rights of the DGPT, the events, and their lead sponsors.

Types of Media

The DGPT has three classifications for video media:

  1. Post-produced, shot by shot round video coverage
  2. All other types of media, such as interviews, photography, highlight reels, vlogs, or promotional material. 
  3. Live Coverage: The DGPT retains live coverage rights for all associated events and produces live coverage through the Disc Golf Network.

The DGPT assigns media teams to post-production coverage by allowing independent media companies to bid on the rights to cover specific cards of players at each event. The DGPT has committed to placing post-production coverage for the following cards at each premier event:

  • Lead Men’s 
  • Lead Women’s 
  • Chase Men’s 

Post Produced Coverage Event & DPGT Representation & Protections

All Professional Use Media producing post-production video content are asked to adhere to the following policies in regards to representation and protections for events, their presenting partners & the DGPT:

  • Intro & Outro Representation:
    • The following representation should appear in the intro graphically and spoken by commentators:
      • Event name, as listed on the PDGA.com event page, Location, DGPT Logo, PDGA Logo, Course name, Player names, Event logo, Event presenting sponsor logo.
    • The official event name, DGPT, and event presenting sponsors should be represented and thanked by commentary (at minimum) during the outro.
  • Advertising Inclusions:
    • Advertising inclusions in each 9-hole video are to be offered to the DGPT & events to use as they see fit (earmarked by the DGPT for use by presenting partners).
    • The DGPT and media teams will establish specific advertising inclusions during individual contract negotiations. 
  • Tour & Event Protections
    • Right of First Refusal on Ad-Buys
    • The DGPT has the right of first refusal to purchase all ad placement.
    • After the DGPT, the Event (or their Presenting Partner) has the right of first refusal.
  • Event Inclusions & Protections  
    • All events retain the right to protect their presenting partners from direct competitors purchasing a higher volume of advertising in any associated event media at DGPT events.  
    • Therefore, no direct competitors of DGPT event presenting partners may purchase advertising at a higher volume of representation than that which an event presenting partner has in post-production media. 
    • Direct competitors of presenting sponsors are permitted to advertise in post-production media at the same or lesser volume than the presenting sponsor of the event, and media teams may sell advertising in accordance with this policy. 
    • Media teams are permitted to sell to multiple direct competitors, provided that no single competitor has a higher percentage of advertising than a presenting partner.  
    • The DGPT reserves the right to define competitor categorization as it applies to this policy. 

Costs for Video Coverage of Post Produced Cards:

  • The Disc Golf Pro Tour charges fees to independent media companies creating post-produced, shot-by-shot coverage. The DGPT works with each media company individually to decide an appropriate pricing model for the content they are asking to cover. Once agreed to, the DGPT seeds media rights to each assignment to the media company to create content. That content is then owned by the media company and broadcasted on their channel. 
  • In some cases, the DGPT pays for video coverage. In those agreements, the DGPT generally retains rights to the media created.

Usage Rights/Content Sharing:

  • In exchange for being granted the right to film events, all video production teams on site grant rights to the DGPT for the use of video on social media or in additional non-commercial, promotional productions.
  • Video Producers will be required to share all requested footage from each round before departing tournament central each day.

Minimum Standards for DGPT content:

  • 2 Camera Coverage
  • Drone flyovers previews of the holes
  • DGPT Logo featured throughout the coverage
  • 1080p/60fps minimum
  • Professional scoring and leaderboard graphics

Required Approvals:

  • Express, written consent from the DGPT to cover the card that you are assigned
  • All media companies are required to share their footage with the DGPT before departing from tournament central. Footage will be used for promotional use only. 
  • All Media Companies must follow DGPT commercial guidelines.

Card Coverage:

The DGPT requires that media teams equitably cover divisions.  We will not allow companies to cover MPO cards unless the previous FPO card is covered.  For example, you can’t cover MPO3 unless FPO2 is being covered.  

Example

MPO1 is covered  Next coverage opportunity →  FPO1
MPO2 is covered Next coverage opportunity →  FPO2
MPO3 is covered Next coverage opportunity →  FPO3

Post-Produced Individual Rounds

Players or entities wishing to produce post-produced, shot-by-shot coverage of individual players rounds may do so with approval from the Disc Golf Pro Tour. Requests must be submitted 48 hours prior to the event.

Individual coverage will only be granted to cards not already covered by other media entities. Filmed individual rounds must give proper credit to the event, its title sponsor, and the Disc Golf Pro Tour as lined out in the media regulations above.

The DGPT & event teams retain their rights to representation for themselves and their brands. Media teams creating content at Disc Golf Pro Tour events are expected then to provide a copy of all footage to the DGPT for promotional purposes. Additionally, media content created for monetized channels such as YouTube or Facebook has a fee associated with their production. Beyond the fee, there are expectations that each media team must adhere to when creating content.

    • Intro & Outro Representation:
      • Clear representation that the event is a part of the Disc Golf Pro Tour.
      • Clear representation of official event name & presenting sponsor through both logo inclusion & commentary

The following information should be displayed in some way during the introduction:

        • Event name, as listed on the PDGA.com event page
        • Location
        • DGPT Logo
        • PDGA Logo
        • Course name
        • Player names
        • Event logo
        • Event presenting sponsor logo

Advertising Inclusions:

    • Advertising inclusions in each 9-hole video to be offered to the DGPT & events to use as they see fit (earmarked by the DGPT for use by presenting partners).
    • The DGPT and media teams will establish the specific advertising inclusions during individual contract negotiations.

Event Inclusions & Protections  

      • All events retain the right to protect their presenting partners from direct competitors purchasing a higher volume of advertising in any associated event media at DGPT event.
      • Therefore, no direct competitors of DGPT event presenting partners may purchase advertising at a higher volume of representation than that which an event presenting partner has in post-production media.
      • Direct competitors of presenting sponsors are permitted to advertise in post-production media at the same or lesser volume than the presenting sponsor of the event and media teams may sell advertising in accordance with this policy.
      • Media teams are permitted to sell to multiple direct competitors, provided that no single competitor has a higher percentage of advertising than a presenting partner.
      • The DGPT reserves the right to define competitor categorization as it applies to this policy.

Cost for Video Coverage of Post Produced Cards

The Disc Golf Pro Tour charges fees to independent media companies creating any type of media for monetized channels. The DGPT works with each media company individually to decide an appropriate pricing model for the content they are asking to cover. Once agreed to, the DGPT ceeds media rights to each assignment to the media company to create content. That content is then owned by the media company and broadcasted on their channel.

      • The Disc Golf Pro Tour retains the right to use any and all content shot at DGPT events for promotional purposes.
      • In some cases, the DGPT pays for video coverage. In those agreements, the DGPT generally retains rights to the media created.

All Other Video Media (Interviews, Vlogs, and other) 

Player centric media is allowed to be filmed at events with proper credit given to the event. The event should be mentioned in its full name, and those being filmed should accurately disclose who is sponsoring their production.

Filming done during practice days should feature no competition, though player-specific challenges are acceptable. Filming should not impede other player’s ability to practice (allow groups to play through, etc). We request that there be no more than five individuals being filmed and that filming takes place in the early morning hours (8 am-10 am) or late afternoon (4 pm-dusk) to avoid causing too much congestion on the course. In the current COVID pandemic conditions, there should be no additional spectators while filming.

Businesses creating content are subject to screening and approval by the DGPT. Requests to create media at DGPT events must be submitted to the Disc Golf Pro Tour at least 48 hours prior to the event.

Photographers

Photographers must respect the rights of our players. Please do not:

      • Move while players are setting up their shots
      • Stand too close to players while they are playing 
      • Use any kind of flash photography, or use a camera with a loud shutter

In exchange for being granted the right to photograph DGPT events, all professional use photographers agree to the following:

The DGPT may request five to ten photos per day of competition for use on the DGPT website or social media channels, or by the Event Team for event promotion purposes. Photographers will be credited by name, with appropriate links attached.

Photographers working for credentialed independent news media (newspapers, websites, magazines, etc.) are exempt from this policy upon verification of credentials by DGPT.