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2024 DISC GOLF PRO TOUR MEDIA POLICY

The following DGPT Media & Commercial Licensing Policy governs:

  • The means of access to Tournament Premises during a DGPT Event for Credential Holders; 
  • The allowance granted by the DGPT to third parties to record media during a DGPT Event; and 
  • The terms and conditions under which media recorded during a DGPT Event may be displayed. 

Section 1 – Access To Tournament Premises / Credentials

1.1 Upon application and grant of a Credential, and execution of a Media Licensing Agreement (if applicable) to the DGPT, a Credential Holder may access the Tournament Premises for the purpose of recording media subject to the following terms and conditions. 

1.2 The DGPT reserves the right to withhold Credentialed Access to any/all applicants or any Holders of season-long Credentials for certain DGPT Events, including but not limited to Direct Competitors of the Tournament Presenting Sponsor. 

1.3  The specific areas of a Tournament site that each Credential Holder may have permitted access to are determined on a Event-by-Event basis and in accordance with the credential type issued (see Media Credential Guide). The Credential Holder understands and agrees that access to certain areas is limited such as “inside the rope” access and agrees to comply with the DGPT’s determination as to access.  In addition, the Credential Holder agrees to comply with the DGPT’s On-Site Conduct Guidelines. The DGPT reserves the right to modify, change, or reformat the on-site conduct guidelines at its sole discretion at any time. 

1.4 The DGPT issues Credentials to Credential Holders via its Credentialing Process. A Credential authorizes a Credential Holder, on a temporary and conditional basis, to access a Tournament on behalf of his/her Affiliated Entity to record media subject to the following conditions. Credentials may be issued either for a specific Tournament or on a season-long basis.

1.5 The DGPT requires that a Credential Holder who represents a Tour Partner or Commercial Media Entity must first obtain a Media Access Credit in order to receive a Credential. See the Media Access Credit Explainer for more information. 

1.6 Applications for any Credential must be submitted through the appropriate DGPT credential request form. All requests must be submitted at least fourteen (14) calendar days prior to the first day of Tournament competition. The DGPT reserves the right not to consider late credential requests. To be granted, credential requests must include all information requested in the application. 

1.7 The DGPT has sole discretion to approve or deny a credential request in whole or in part. If DGPT approves a credential request, DGPT will record the approval in its credentialing system and issue a Credential to the approved Credential Holder, setting forth the name of the Credential Holder, his/her Affiliated Entity, and identify the Credential Type it has issued. To receive an issued credential, each Credential Holder must accept, personally and on behalf of his/her Affiliated Entity, the terms of the Credential and agree to abide by this Media Policy, and must sign any statement to this effect. 

1.8 The DGPT reserves sole discretion to revoke credentials issued under this Media Policy, and/or the approved terms of a specific credential, in whole or in part at any time.

1.9 Unless superseded by a different agreement, the rights granted to Players and members of the Players’ entourage allowed Inside the Ropes shall be governed by the Player’s Media Rights Policy. Rights granted to DGPT Media Partners shall be controlled by their individual agreements with the DGPT, except that this Policy shall control in the event the individual agreement is silent on a particular issue.

Section 2 – Permission to Record Media 

2.1 The DGPT is the sole owner of the rights to all media recorded on Tournament Premises during a DGPT Event. For the purpose of clarity, all media rights in and to Tournament and Surrounding Events, including rights to all forms of audio, video, and photography, taken on premises are held exclusively by DGPT. 

2.2 The DGPT grants permission to Credential Holders to record media during a DGPT Event based on the following provisions and the obligations of this Policy. However, a Credential Holder may not capture video of practice or competition rounds, including any activity on the golf course or in the practice areas, unless specifically permitted in writing by the DGPT, or as a condition of the Holder’s credential type. 

2.3 A Credential Holder may capture photos and or videos as determined on an event-by-event basis and in accordance with his or her Credential Type. The areas in which photos and or videos may be recorded are set forth in the  Media Credential Guide. The DGPT reserves the right to modify, change, or reformat media area access at its sole discretion at any time. 

2.4 A Credential Holder may capture video/audio of (i) commentary by the Credential Holder in areas designated by the DGPT, (ii) one-on-one interviews by the Credential Holder in areas designated by DGPT Staff, such as “Mix Zone” interview areas, and (iii) interviews organized by DGPT Staff in other designated interview areas. 

2.5 Pre-Round interviews of Players may be held if any only if the Player agrees in his/her sole discretion, and only in a designated or “mixed zone” interview area.

2.6 If a Credential Holder is issued a credential with “Photo and Video” marked through on the badge, they shall not capture media with Professional-Grade camera equipment, but may use their cell phone to capture media for Personal Capture & Use. Likewise, a mark through the “Photo and Video” section on a physical media badge also bans the use of any peripherals or attachments to enhance cell phone camera functions (clip-on lens extenders, tripod/monopod, gimbals, camera cages/grips). 

Section 3 –  Display of Recorded Media

3.1 Rights to all forms of audio, video, and photography, taken on Tournament Premises during the DGPT Event and Surrounding Events are held exclusively by DGPT.  The DGPT grants permission to Credential Holders and their Affiliated Entities the following rights to display certain recorded media, on Approved Platforms, subject to the following provisions and the obligations of this Policy. 

3.2 All Credential Holders represent an Affiliated Entity, categorized as either a Media Outlet, a Credentialed Commercial Entity, a Third Party Content Creator, or Tour Partner, and the rules pertaining to each category differ.  See Section 4, Definitions. The DGPT grants non-exclusive, revocable permission to Credential Holders and their Affiliated Entities to display recorded media.

Affiliated Entity Type Editorial Displays Non-Commercial Displays Commercial Displays
Media Outlets Allowed with credit to DGPT when practical. 

(See Section 3.5)

Allowed with credit to DGPT when practical. 

(See Section 3.5)

Allowed under explicit license. 
Tour Partner N/A Allowed under explicit license.

(use Media Access Credits)
Allowed under explicit license. 

(use Media Access Credits)

Commercial Media Entity N/A Allowed under explicit license.

(use Media Access Credits)
Allowed under explicit license.

(use Media Access Credits)
Third Party Content Creators N/A Allowed with credit to DGPT.  Allowed under explicit license as a part of the DGPT Content Creator Affiliate Program.

 

3.3 Unless granted specific written permission otherwise, Credential Holders may only display recorded media, on Approved Platforms. Approved Platforms shall consist of (a) the official publications, television channels, YouTube channels or other streaming website accounts, websites, software applications (“apps”) and social media accounts that are operated by the Credential Holder and/or the Affiliated Entity, and branded with the brand of the Credential Holder and/or the Affiliated Entity; and (b) the personal social media accounts of the Credential Holder (e.g., a reporter’s personal Twitter account); provided, however, that the personal account is used in the course of a Credential Holder representing his/her Affiliated Entity or Tour Partner employer to complement the Outlet or Partner’s news and editorial coverage of the DGPT Event or the Tour. 

3.4 The DGPT may, at its sole discretion, further modify, curtail, restrict, expand, or specify Approved Platforms for any given credential holder or Affiliated Entity as a condition of a separate media license agreement, such as but not limited to an agreement allowing a Tour Partner or Commercial Media Entity to gain access to a Media Access Credit.

3.5 The DGPT may revoke the rights with respect to one or more Approved Platforms of a Credential Holder or Affiliated Entity in whole or in part at any time in its sole discretion.

3.6 Uses of audio, video, or images under the grant of this Media Policy, shall be made with a courtesy credit to DGPT unless otherwise impracticable. Each Affiliated Entity is authorized to use the Approved Trademarks of DGPT and Tournaments in its news and non-commercial display of a Tournament and/or Tour pursuant to this Media Policy. The use of such trademarks must be in accordance with DGPT’s and Tournaments’ brand guidelines. Unless otherwise allowed in writing, these trademarks: (a) may not be used in any commercial manner; and (b) may not be used to imply an official, marketing, endorsement or sponsorship relationship with DGPT or any other DGPT-operated Tour or a Tournament. 

3.7 Any recorded media or other information gathered by the Credential Holder (a) may not be used to imply an official, marketing, endorsement or sponsorship relationship with DGPT or any Tournament or player, unless such a relationship separately exists; and (b) may not be sold, distributed, syndicated or licensed to third parties (except pursuant to a separate agreement).

3.8 Any and all feeds of scoring data, statistical information, and other data provided by DGPT to a Credential Holders or his/her Affiliated Entity at a Tournament are provided solely to enhance the Affiliated Entity’s news and editorial coverage of the Tournament, or as otherwise defined in existing partnership or commercial agreements with the DGPT. Unedited, commentary free data feeds may not be distributed by a Credential Holder in whole or in part unless the Credential Holder has a separate written data license agreement with DGPT. 

3.9 A Media Outlet may distribute Commentary and Interviews on a live or delayed basis via Approved Platforms.

3.10 A Third Party Content Creator may distribute Commentary and Interviews only on a delayed basis via Approved Platforms.

Section 4 – Definitions

4.1 Affiliated Entity means the organization, company, or proprietorship for which the Credential Holder is developing media content.

4.2 Commercial Displays and Non-Commercial Displays

4.2.1 A Non-Commercial Display is a display primarily made for an editorial purpose, for the purpose of promotion of the sport as a whole, or of a player, multiple players, partnership, charity, event, or tour, pictured or described, and not primarily for the purpose of advertising for the sale of a good or service. 

4.2.2 A Commercial Display is a display made primarily for the purpose of enticing a viewer to purchase a product or service on in the promotion of a brand.  Or a display made which contains advertising, or which is displayed on a platform in which the Affiliated Entity receives payment for views. Displays with mixed purposes shall be considered Commercial Displays. In determining whether a display as a whole is a commercial display, the Tour will determine whether the media contains a call to action for the viewer to engage in a commercial transaction, or whether the displays contains embedded or platform advertising.

4.3 Commercial License Fee shall mean the fee required as set forth in the Tour’s Commercial Licensing Fee Policies as the price per minute or price per photo to display footage taken at DGPT Events for commercial purposes, no matter who originally recorded the displayed media. The Commercial License Fee may be paid via available credits granted to the Credential Holder or Affiliated Entity, or may be waived or modified in the sole discretion of the Tour. 

4.4 Credential Holder means a member of a Media Outlet, Commercial Media Entity, Third Party Content Creator or Tour Partner organization which has been granted and received a Credential under this policy with the revokable right to create media content while on premises at a DGPT Event.

Types of Credential Holders and Affiliated Entities
All Credential Holders and Affiliated Entities will be categorized as one the types below, based on the provided definitions, but at the sole discretion of the Tour and subject to change.

4.4.1 Media Outlet means an organization primarily focused on journalistic endeavors, including but not limited to organizations primarily engaged in the business of producing disc golf media content, whether written, pictorial or audio/visual.

4.4.2 Tour Partner means an organization, other than those who qualify as a Media Outlet under that definition, which has entered into an agreement with the tour in which the organization has purchased an advertising or promotional package from the Tour or is otherwise signed to an official partnership.

4.4.3 Commercial Media Entity means an organization, other than those who qualify as a Media Outlet and Tour Partners under those definitions, primarily focused on the promotion of a player, multiple players, partnership, event, brand, or tour primarily with advertising of a good or service. This includes but is not limited to sponsors such as disc manufacturers, player management groups, equipment producers, apparel producers, commemorative item producers, trophy producers, service providers, agencies, firms, non-profits, and retailers of any kind or any entity who is engaged primarily in the business of selling goods and services to the viewers of DGPT Events.

4.4.4. Third Party Content Creator means a person or organization, other than those who qualify as a Media Outlet, Tour Partner, or Commercial Media Entity, under those definitions, who owns a media account (blog, YouTube channel, or similar) either personal or for a small business, who develops content related to disc golf, but not at the journalistic or professional level akin to a Media Outlet.

4.5 DGPT Event or Event means the DGPT Tournaments and Surrounding Events, which typically occur in a week between Monday and the following Monday, including all actions between the arrival of the Disc Golf Pro Tour to do course set up through the course tear down after the conclusion of the Tournament.

4.5.1 DGPT Tournaments or Tournament means all actions in competitive play during a tournament included on the Disc Golf Pro Tour or its points series, including but not limited to, Exhibition Events, Silver Events, Elite Events, Elite+ Events, Playoff Events and the Tour Championship.

4.5.2 Surrounding Events means actions occurring on Premises during the DGPT Event (from Monday to Monday), other than Tournament Play, including Media Days, practice rounds, qualifiers, action occurring in practice areas, hospitality areas, and all surrounding areas at the tournament site(s).

4.6 DGPT Media Partner means an employee, actor, representative, or individual who represents the Disc Golf Network or any other officially licensed entities that carry out official Tournament Coverage as defined below.

4.7 Event Teams means the Tournament Director, Assistant Tournament Director, and other official team members of each individual event not otherwise designated as DGPT employees or contractors. Event teams are sometimes referred to as the Local Organizing Committee (LOC).

4.8 Inside The Ropes means the area at a DGPT Tournament between spectators and Players as defined by the DGPT at each Tournament Premises via either visual markers (e.g., flags, rope, walls, staff member placement, etc…) or as described either in written or verbal form by a DGPT staff member or Event Team member.

4.9 Personal Capture & Use means the capture of media with non-professional camera equipment for personal documentation purposes or for non-commercial display on personal social media channels or approved platforms.

4.10 Professional Equipment includes any camera except a phone camera. Clip-on lens extenders, tripod/monopod, gimbals, or camera cages/grips are considered to be professional equipment.

4.11 Media Access Credits are the mechanism by which the DGPT allows Commercial Media Entities and Tour Partners access to DGPT Events for the purpose of creating and capturing media. A Commercial Media Entity may hold a number of Media Access Credits as a condition of their agreement with the DGPT, or they may seek to purchase them from the Tour. To gain access to and activate a Media Access Credit, the Commercial Media Entity must agree to the conditions of a media licensing agreement with the Tour. Media Access Credits do not apply to media outlets.

4.12 Tournament Premises means the course, practice facility, clubhouse, tournament central, interview areas, and other areas frequented by DGPT staff and tournament staff during a DGPT Event.

4.13 Tournament Coverage means the official recording and distribution of play-by-play, live, or post-produced DGPT Tournament action (disc golf action or otherwise) as set forth by official agreements between the DGPT and its Media Partners.

Section 5 –  Prohibited Uses

5.1 Dissemination of Information for Purposes Related to Gambling
To protect the integrity of DGPT and/or Tournament competitions, a Credential Holder or his/her Affiliated Entity, shall not capture, collect, distribute or provide to any third party any results, data, content or information at or from a DGPT Tournament, or use, distribute or provide to any third party any data provided by DGPT for purposes of or in connection with any gambling, gaming, daily fantasy or similar (“Gambling”) unless permitted pursuant to a separate agreement with DGPT. A Credential Holder shall not provide Inside Information (as defined below) to any third party that he or she or they knew would be used, or should have known would be used, for Gambling on a DGPT Tournament. 

“Inside Information” means information relating to a Tournament (e.g., the health of a player, the conditions of a course, etc.) that is not publicly available and that a Credential Holder knows due to his or her access to a DGPT Tournament under this Media Policy. 

However, this section does not prohibit a Credential Holder from publicly disclosing information and other content collected by the Credential Holder at a DGPT Event in the course of the Affiliated Entity’s news and editorial coverage of the relevant Tournament from a Gambling perspective (e.g., publicly analyzing a player’s current form in publicly recommending Gambling picks for a Tournament). In addition, a Credential Holder should not ask DGPT players or caddies questions that would reasonably be expected to lead to a player violating the ethical duties of a DGPT Tour Card holder, irrespective of their status as such. 

5.2 Drone Use
Drones (or unmanned aircraft systems) may not be used at DGPT Events (across all DGPT-operated tours) at any time during tournament week, including on practice round days, without the written approval of DGPT. DGPT will consider requests to fly drones at tournaments on a case-by-case basis. DGPT expects to approve drone flights at tournaments only in limited circumstances where flights may be conducted safely, in accordance with FAA rules (e.g., not over people) and without any disruption to the competition. Each request to fly a drone during tournament week must be submitted as a part of a credential request. The DGPT reserves the right to revoke approval of drone flights at its sole discretion at any time.

5.3 No Real-Time Coverage
Unless explicitly set forth in a separate agreement, a Credential Holder or Affiliated Entity’s coverage of a Tournament on any platform may not purport to be, approximate, or serve as a substitute for play-by-play, hole-by-hole or real-time coverage of a Tournament, as determined by DGPT. A Credential Holder may not advertise, market, promote or imply the offering of “live” coverage of Tournament action (practice or competition).

5.4 Augmented Reality 
Content and platforms not specifically addressed in this Media Policy, including virtual and augmented reality, may not be captured at a Tournament or used by a Credential Holder unless set forth in a separate written agreement with DGPT. 

Section 6 – Compliance with DGPT Requests

6.1 Ownership and Assignment upon Request 
As a condition to receiving credentials hereunder and being provided with access to a Tournament, each Credential Holder and Affiliated Entity acknowledges and agrees that DGPT is the sole owner of all rights, including all copyrights, in and to all photos, images, audio and video captured at a Tournament (of disc golf action or otherwise), and that use and display by the Credential Holder and Affiliated Entity allowed under this Media Policy, is made pursuant to a license from DGPT back to the Credential Holder and Affiliated Entity. 

Each Credential Holder and Affiliated Entity agrees to assign, and hereby assigns to DGPT all such rights. At DGPT’s request, each Credential Holder and/or Affiliated Entity will execute any further documentation reasonably requested and provided by DGPT to effect DGPT’s ownership of such audio and video. Further, at DGPT’s request, each Credential Holder and/or Affiliated Entity will provide DGPT with copies of all such photos, images, audio and video, captured at a Tournament. 

6.2 Compliance with Takedown Request
The DGPT may request takedowns of content captured at a Tournament in the case of a violation of this Media Policy. Each Affiliated Entity and Credential Holder agrees to promptly comply with any such request. 

Section 7 – Miscellaneous

7.1 Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability 
As a condition to receiving credentials under this Media Policy, each Credential Holder and Affiliated Entity acknowledges and assumes all risks and dangers incidental to the game of disc golf and attending a Tournament, known and unknown, and hereby releases DGPT, the Tournament, the host organization, the host site, all sponsors, all players, volunteers and their respective affiliates, officers, directors, managers, members, employees and agents from any and all liabilities, damages and losses, including property damage, personal injury and death, resulting from his/her attendance of a Tournament to the fullest extent permitted under applicable law. 

7.2 Indemnification
Each Credential Holder and Affiliated Entity shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless DGPT, Tournaments, host organizations, host sites, sponsors, players and their respective affiliates, officers, directors, managers, members, employees, volunteers and agents from and against any and all liabilities, damages, injuries, claims, suits, judgments, causes of action and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) suffered or incurred by any of them as a result of any breach of these Media Policy, negligence or willful misconduct by or of, for purposes of the Affiliated Entity’s obligation, the Affiliated Entity or any of its Credential Holders, or, for purposes of a Credential Holder’s obligation, such Credential Holder. 

7.3 Use of Likeness
Each Credential Holder grants permission to DGPT and its affiliates, licensees, distributors and media partners to utilize his/her image and likeness as appearing incidentally in any live or recorded television or other transmission or reproduction in whole or in part of any Tournament.

7.4 Interpretation, Modification, and Enforcement
DGPT may interpret, modify, update, replace and enforce this Media Policy at any time in its sole discretion. This Media Policy is not intended to and does not serve as a waiver of any intellectual property or other rights of DGPT.

7.5 Reservation of Rights
DGPT reserves all rights not expressly granted to a Credential Holder and his/her Affiliated Entity under this Media Policy.

7.6 No Transferability
This Media Policy, and each Credential issued hereunder, may not be transferred, conveyed, or assigned by a Credential Holder or Affiliated Entity without the express written permission of the DGPT. 

7.7 Entire Agreement
Unless there is a separate agreed-upon writing between the DGPT and the Credential Holder or Affiliated Entity, this Media Policy shall constitute the entire agreement among the DGPT and Credential Holder and/or Affiliated Entity, with respect to the matters covered in the Media Policy, and shall supersede all prior oral or implied understandings, or prior issued Media Policies by the DGPT.   

7.8 Governing Law; Venue
This Media Policy will be construed and enforced according to the laws of the State of Texas, without regard to the conflicts of law principles. Each party irrevocably submits to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the State of Texas and the federal courts of the United States of America located in Texas. 

7.9 Acceptance of Media Regulations
By using a credential, each Credential Holder and his/her Affiliated Entity accepts and agrees to the approved terms of the credential and this Media Policy (in the event the Credential Holder and/or Affiliated Entity has not already accepted and agreed).

7.10 Questions
Please contact the DGPT Communications Department with any questions regarding this Media Policy.

MEDIA CREDENTIAL GUIDE

This document provides a detailed guide on the types of media credentials available through the Disc Golf Pro Tour (DGPT), as well as the specific media access areas these credentials allow. When reading this guide, make note of any underlined terms within the document. A list of definitions can be referenced in section 4.

If you’re looking for instructions on how to apply for a credential, you can apply here.

Section 1: Credentials & Vests

Starting in 2024, the DGPT will use a dual system to manage media credentials and define accessible areas for media production. 

  • Media credentials serve as the basic mechanism for allowing media personnel access to a DGPT Event. Both Yellow and Green credential holders are allowed to create media both during practice days and competition days, but the two credential types allow for different levels of access to the Lead Card and Chase Card during competition when paired with a media vest.
  • Some Credential Holders may also be given a media vest, which further defines who is allowed to capture media Inside the Ropes during Competition. Additionally, media vests define where a credential holder can stand when capturing media of the Lead Card and Chase Card. Media vests are color-matched to the credential color (yellow or green).
    • If you’re given a media vest, that means that you’re approved to capture limited* Competition Content from Inside The Ropes
      *not the Lead Card or Chase Card – see more in section three (3) below.
    • If you are not given a media vest, that means you’re not approved to capture any Competition Content from Inside The Ropes.

Section 2: Access Given To All Credential Holders

(SUBJECT TO CHANGE ON AN EVENT-BY-EVENT BASIS)

At a base level, both Yellow and Green credentials allow the credential holder to;

  1. Enter a DGPT Event without needing to purchase a spectator ticket.
  2. Record practice day media inside the Competition Area (no vest required).
  3. Access the Mix Zone (interview area).
  4. Capture Media of all playing groups (except the Lead Card and Chase Card) as long as the credential holder is standing in a General Admission Area or VIP Admission Area

Section 3: Access Given To Credential Holders with Media Vests

(SUBJECT TO CHANGE ON AN EVENT-BY-EVENT BASIS)

In addition to the allowances described above in section two (2), all credential holders who receive a media vest are allowed to capture Competition Content from Inside the Ropes of all playing groups except for the Lead Card and Chase Card. Inside the Ropes access to capture media of the Lead Card and Chase Card is regulated by the color of your media vest. 

  • If you have a green media vest, you can capture media of the Lead Card and Chase Card from Inside the Ropes.
  • If you have a yellow media vest, you can NOT capture media of the Lead Card and Chase Card from Inside the Ropes. If you have a yellow media vest, you’re welcome to capture media of these cards from the General Admission Area but not the VIP Admission Area. There are ample opportunities to capture media of these cards from the General Admission Area at nearly every DGPT event.

Section 4: Definitions

Below are the formal definitions for the terms that are underlined in the explainer documentation above.

    1. DGPT Event or Event means the DGPT Tournaments and Surrounding Events, which typically occur in a week between Monday and the following Monday, including all actions between the arrival of the Disc Golf Pro Tour to do course set up through the course tear down after the conclusion of the Tournament.
      • DGPT Tournaments or Tournament means all actions in competitive play during a tournament included on the Disc Golf Pro Tour or its points series, including but not limited to, Exhibition Events, Silver Events, Elite Events, Elite+ Events, Playoff Events and the Tour Championship.
      • Surrounding Events means actions occurring on Premises during the DGPT Event (from Monday to Monday), other than Tournament Play, including Media Days, practice rounds, qualifiers, action occurring in practice areas, hospitality areas, and all surrounding
    2. Lead Card: The playing group assigned to the final tee time of the day for either division (FPO or MPO).
    3. Chase Card: The playing group assigned to the second to last tee time of the day for either division (FPO or MPO).
    4. Inside The Ropes means the area at a DGPT Tournament between spectators and Players as defined by the DGPT at each Tournament Premises via either visual markers (e.g., flags, rope, walls, staff member placement, etc…) or as described either in written or verbal form by a DGPT staff member or Event Team member.
    5. Competition Content is defined as capturing media using Professional Equipment in the Competition Area during Competition Hours.
    6. Professional Equipment includes any camera except a phone camera. Clip-on lens extenders, tripod/monopod, gimbals, or camera cages/grips are considered to be professional equipment.
    7. Competition Area means the course(s) used at a DGPT Tournament. This includes all holes on the course that are not in use, and any other areas surrounding the course as defined by the DGPT on an event-by-event basis.
    8. Competition Hours means the period of time when competition is taking place inside the Competition Area. Typically, competition hours last from one hour before the first tee time of the day to one hour after the completion of the round for all competitors assigned to the last tee time of the day.
    9. Mix Zone means the post-round interview area as defined by the DGPT on an event-by-event basis. This area is typically by the DGN Media trailer.
    10. General Admission Area means the areas of a DGPT Event that are open to general admission ticket holders. Access to the general tournament area includes vending areas, concession areas, and other areas that may be generally accessible to spectators with a general admission ticket.
    11. VIP Admission Area means the areas of a DGPT Event that are open only to VIP admission ticket holders.

      • VIP ticket holders are always allowed in General Admission Areas. Additionally, VIP ticket holders are allowed access to additional areas as defined by the DGPT on an event-by-event basis. This often (but not always) includes the ability to walk behind (not Inside the Ropes) a playing group.

MEDIA ACCESS CREDIT EXPLAINER

Q: What is a Media Access Credit?
A: Media Access Credits are the mechanism by which the DGPT allows Tour Partners or Commercial Media Entities access to DGPT Events for the purpose of creating and capturing media.

Q: What is a “Tour Partner”?
A: Tour Partner means an organization, other than those who qualify as a Media Outlet under that definition, which have entered into an agreement with the tour in which the organization has purchased an advertising or promotional package from the Tour or who is engaged primarily in the business of selling goods and services to the viewers of DGPT Events.

Q: What is a Commercial Media Entity?
A: Commercial Media Entity means an organization, other than those who qualify as a Media Outlet and Tour Partners under those definitions, primarily focused on the promotion of a player, multiple players, partnership, event, brand, or tour primarily with advertising of a good or service. This includes but is not limited to sponsors such as disc manufacturers, player management groups, equipment producers, apparel producers, commemorative item producers, trophy producers, service providers, agencies, firms, non-profits, and retailers of any kind. 

Q: How do Media Access Credits Work?
A: Media Access Credits are essentially pre-approved media credentials. Here’s how it works.

  1. A Tour Partner or Commercial Media Entity is given a specified number of pre-approved media credentials that can be claimed by said party at one or more DGPT Events. These pre-approved credentials are referred to as “Media Access Credits.” One media access credit is good for up to three (3) media credentials for your team at any given event. To receive Media Access Credits, said party must either:
    • Be signed to an official partnership agreement with DGPT that includes a number of credits or;
    • Purchase them from the Tour via the DGPT’s Partnerships Department (reach out to your sales rep or inquire here if you’re looking to connect with someone for the first time).
  2. To formalize the allocation of Media Access Credits, the Tour and the Tour Partner or Commercial Media Entity must sign a media licensing agreement (DGPT Media Agreement for Commercial Entities) governing what kind of media can be captured by the said party at the DGPT Event, as well as where and how it may be displayed.
  3. To activate a Media Access Credit, the Tour Partner or Commercial Media Entity must sign an agreement (Media Access Credit Use Rider) that formally documents the use of said credit. This agreement will also require the Tour Partner or Commercial Media Entity’s credential holders to follow specified rules and regulations in capturing media (on-site conduct guidelines). 
  4. Once the Media Access Credit Use Rider is signed, the DGPT will add the Tour Partner or Commercial Media Entity’s credential holders to the Tour’s official approved media list for the requested event(s) and provide instructions on picking up the credentials. 

Q: Do Media Access Credits Cost Money?
A: Yes, but if you’re a DGPT Partner, you may have one or more media access credits built into your agreement. Please confirm this with your sales representative at the DGPT whom you worked with on your agreement. If they’re not included, you can still buy them separately. Commercial Media Entities who aren’t Tour Partners can either become a Tour Partner at a level that includes a certain number of Media Access Credits or purchase them individually from the Tour. Inquire here


Q: How Do I Activate A Media Access Credit? What’s the Step by Step Process?
A: Activating a credit is a fairly quick and straightforward process. Here’s how it works:

  1. Before you can activate a credit, you must ensure you’ve signed a copy of the DGPT Media Agreement for Commercial Entities. If you can’t remember if this still needs to happen, check with your DGPT sales representative to make sure that this has been completed! You only need to sign this document once – not every time that you decide to use a media access credit.
  2. Once you’ve confirmed that you’ve signed the DGPT Media Agreement for Commercial Entities, you can let the Tour know that you want to activate one of your media access credits by filling out a Media Access Credit Use Authorization Request which is available on the Tour Partner & Commercial Media Entities tab of this page.  This form won’t take more than 90 seconds to complete.
  3. Once the DGPT receives your use authorization request, our team will verify the number of access credits that are still available for your use. Then, the Tour will issue you a Media Access Credit Use Rider for your signature (attached as an appendix in the DGPT Media Agreement for Commercial Entities).
  4. You’ll need to sign the Media Access Credit Use Rider to formalize and document your Media Access Credit Use Authorization Request. This is also where you will indicate exactly who your credential holders will be for the event in question. Filling out and signing this document only takes a few seconds.
  5. Once the Tour receives your signature on the Media Access Credit Use Rider, your Media Access Credit Use Authorization Request has been completed and the names of your credential holders will be added to the Tour’s official approved media list for the appropriate events.

ON-SITE GUIDELINES FOR CREDENTIAL HOLDERS

Media Vests

  1. Credential holders may be granted a media vest that will allow them to capture media inside the ropes at DGPT events. If granted a vest, the credential holder must comply with all associated instructions given by DGPT staff for vest use. Refer to the DGPT Media Credential Guide for more information on vests. 

General Conduct Guidelines

For all Credential Holders: 

  1. Credentials must be easily accessible and displayed prominently on the credential holder at all times. Credentials should be worn on the front of your outer layer of clothing or on a lanyard. 
  2. A Credential Holder must present his/her credentials upon entry to a DGPT Tournament, at all relevant access points within a DGPT Event/Tournament Premises and at the request of DGPT or Tournament staff. 
  3. A Credential Holder must follow the directions and instructions of DGPT and Tournament staff while present at a DGPT Event pursuant to these Media Regulations. 
  4. The use of carts or other personal transportation devices (such as bikes, scooters, roller blades, etc.) by a Credential Holder is prohibited unless expressed or communicated as acceptable by the DGPT or Tournament Staff

Positioning Guidelines

For all Credential Holders:

  1. Inside The Ropes access is only permitted with a media vest. 
  2. A Credential Holder who is allowed Inside the Ropes with a media vest may not position himself/herself in the line of play. If requested to move by a player, caddie or DGPT or Tournament staff, a Credential Holder must do so without delay or discussion. A Credential Holder should position him/herself outside of the reasonable line of sight of Disc Golf Network or DGPT Media Partner broadcasters/camera operators. 

Interview Guidelines

For all Credential Holders:

  1. A Credential Holder may only publish interview content of the person who has consented to give the interview. 
  2. A Credential Holder must clearly request, and the player must clearly grant permission, for audio and/or video of an interview to be recorded. The Credential Holder is responsible for providing evidence of such permission at the request of DGPT and/or the interviewee. 
  3. Players are not to be distracted or interrupted for interviews (or any other purpose) during practice or play on any day of a Tournament. 
  4. Interviews are permitted in the practice areas only if the interview is conducted by prior arrangement with the player, outside the driving range area and not where it could be distracting to other players. 
  5. On competition days, interviews may be conducted only after the conclusion of the player’s round (i.e., after the player has finalized their scorecard) and after said player has completed any media obligations for Disc Golf Network or other DGPT Media Partners, unless a prior arrangement is made for a pre-round interview. A Credential Holder is not allowed in the scoring area. DGPT staff will seek to make requested and leading players available each day in a designated interview area. 

Media Capture Guidelines

All media recording devices and other equipment must be noise-free at all times. 

  1. All cameras must be mirrorless.
  2. A silent shutter mode camera may be approved with special permission from the DGPT if the Credential Holder is a local or national media outlet member. 

Players may not be asked to pose during practice sessions (i) before a practice or competition round except by prior arrangement with the player or (ii) during a practice or competition round under any circumstances.

Locker Room & Player Hospitality Area Guidelines

Credential Holders are not allowed in player locker rooms or player hospitality areas except with the express permission of a DGPT Media manager on-site and by special request made to said employee on-site. 

During weather delays, a Credential Holder is not permitted in the locker room / player hospitality guidelines. If possible, DGPT staff may make players available for interviews in designated interview area(s) during weather delays.

COMMERCIAL LICENSING POLICIES

Media Access Credits

(Commercial Licensing of Photos & Video Generated by a Credential Holder)

  1. At all DGPT events, an approved Credential Holder intending to capture media on behalf of a Tour Partner or Commercial Media Entity must do so under the conditions of a Media Access Credit agreement (see Media Access Credit Explainer for more info). 
  2. At all DGPT Events, the title / presenting partner(s) of the Event will be granted Media Access Credits, which will allow them to capture/create media for commercial display. 

Commercial Licensing of Photos & Video Generated by DGPT Media 

The DGPT allows for non-exclusive commercial licensing of images from its photography department and video footage from Disc Golf Network. 

  1. DGPT Photos: $50 each. You can license photos easily at https://discgolfprotour.smugmug.com
  2. Disc Golf Network Video: $1,000 per minute billed incrementally with a $250 minimum. Please reach out to production@dgpt.com to begin a video license request. 
  3. These fees may be set against any commercial use credits held by Tour Partners as a condition of their agreement with the DGPT. 

Other Cases

  1. All Credential Holders or their Affiliated Entities who do not fall under the definitions of a Media Outlet, Tour Partner, or Commercial Media Entity must also pay a commercial license fee for any media they capture at an event that is used in a Commercial Display. The DGPT may, at its sole discretion, waive these fees. 
  2. If a Credential Holder or their Affiliated Entity captures media at an event with the intent to use said media for a Non-Commercial Display, they must inform the DGPT if they desire to use that media for Commercial Display in the future. Upon notification of intent for use in a Commercial Display, the Credential Holder or Affiliated Entity must license the images or video footage for commercial use and pay the associated fee. The DGPT may, at its sole discretion, waive these fees.

COMMEMORATIVE ITEM COMMERCIAL LICENSING POLICY

Background

The Disc Golf Pro Tour (DGPT) recognizes the value that commemorative items present to players and sponsors, especially discs that commemorate a win on Tour.  A significant accomplishment on Tour, especially a victory, should be celebrated! 

The Tour’s goal in issuing this policy is to support the creation and distribution of commemorative items and to provide a framework for compliance with all necessary brand licensing policies. Like other brands in disc golf and across the sporting industry, our logos and trademarks are protected and valued. Use of them must come with agreement and permission. We are issuing the following guidance to provide clarity on this topic. 

Definitions

For the purposes of this policy, the following definitions shall apply:

  • A “Commemorative Item” is an item offered for sale or distribution, including but not limited to discs, designed to commemorate a Tour Achievement, that contain one or more indicia of that achievement or award stamped, engraved, drawn, painted, attached via sticker, or otherwise applied to the item.
  • A “Producer” is an individual, group, company, sponsor, retailer, distributor, brand, or artist seeking to produce and distribute a commemorative item.
  • A “Tour Achievement” is a player or team’s event result, such as winning or placing on the podium at a DGPT Event, or a season-long award or result, such as receiving a DGPT End of Season Award. 

Approval Process

Prior to the sale or distribution of a Commemorative Item, Producers must submit Commemorative Item production plans for review and approval to the DGPT Brand Management Team. All submissions for approval are collected via the form linked below. To properly complete the submission form, the Producer will need to have the following information and assets readily available:

  • The name of the player the item is commemorating
  • A description of the Tour Achievement the item is commemorating
  • The total number of Commemorative Items being produced
  • A proof of the artwork (or other markings) intended for production on the Commemorative Item.

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT AN APPROVAL FORM

License and Royalty 

Overview

Commemorative Items shall be produced and distributed pursuant to the terms of this License from the DGPT to the Producer. 

Inclusion and Use of DGPT Trademark

All Commemorative Items must contain either the DGPT logo mark or the phrase “Disc Golf Pro Tour”, used and displayed in full compliance with the DGPT brand standards, which are referenced below. By submitting the design for approval, you agree that the DGPT is the owner of its licensed material and trademarks, and you agree not to take action contrary to DGPT’s ownership.

Licensing Fees & Payment 

In 2022, the DGPT offered a royalty-free license to approved Producers. Beginning Jan. 1, 2023, the license is now royalty-bearing. The following table outlines the projected 2023 royalty fees as related to the number of Commemorative Items being produced.  Note that this was simplified from the previous year’s table for the sake of clarity and ease. These licensing fees can be paid via credits held by DGPT partners as a condition of their agreement with the DGPT. 

Commemorative Item Matrix 

This table represents licensing fee scales that are now in effect. The DGPT reserves the right to adjust this pricing structure.  

Type of Commemorative Item Produced Cost
Commemorative Discs Cost is per approved design.*

The producer may trade 10% of the run to the DGPT pro shop. Or, they may pay an amount of $1 per disc produced. If more than 1000 discs are produced, the payment is capped at $1,000 per approved design. 

Other Items Case by Case 

*Payment is due NET30 after the release of the discs. All invoices will come from DGPT’s Sean Jack or another Tour Administrator.  

Brand Standards Compliance

All DGPT Brand Standards must be followed when producing artwork for Commemorative Items. If brand standards are not met in the submitted artwork, the DGPT brand management team will require that the applicant engage in a revision process and reserves the right to deny the License. The DGPT recognizes that Commemorative Items represent a marketing opportunity that must be capitalized on quickly. Hence, we ask that producers take the time to ensure that all artwork submitted for approval is compliant to avoid a versioning process. We want to approve artwork as fast as possible, but we will require edits if our standards are not met. The Tour endeavors to respond to all applications within a 24 hr window. 

Representing The DGPT In Your Design

Producers should use the following three resources to ensure proper compliance with brand representation when producing commemorative item designs. 

  1. Commemorative Items Standardsa one-page explainer that gives details on exactly how the DGPT brand should be represented on commemorative items, especially discs
  2. Downloadable DGPT Brand Asset Folder – contains all of the DGPT brand assets that are referenced in the Commemorative Items Standards. 
  3. In the event of a full-color disc stamping procedure, or when used on other merchandise, such as tee shirts, consult the main DGPT Brand Standards Guide. This is our most up-to-date version.

Representing Specific Events 

The use of full and correct Event Names is an essential part of Commemorative Items that celebrate a notable performance on Tour. Any Commemorative Item produced in relation to accomplishments at or involving or in reference to specific DGPT events must identify the event in question by using the full and correct Event Name on the Item being produced. Reasonable abbreviations of an event name are permitted based on conflict of interest or accepted vernacular. The DGPT will notify producers if an adjustment to their commemorative design is needed to comply with this policy.