Allstate Sugar Bowl Credentials

By applying for a credential for the Allstate Sugar Bowl, you indicate that you have read, fully understand and are in agreement with the following professional journalism policies.

All requests will be reviewed individually by the Allstate Sugar Bowl communications staff. Meeting any of the below requirements does not guarantee approval. Space constraints may affect approvals.

To ensure that all qualified media agencies have the appropriate access and working space, these guidelines and polices have been developed by the College Football Playoff, bowls and Football Bowl Subdivision conferences and institutions.

Credential requests will be considered only if they are submitted by the sports editor, sports director/producer or photo editor. Each application will stand on its own merits. Membership in a writers’ or broadcasters’ association does not automatically qualify a media outlet or individual for credentials. Having been credentialed for other bowl games or major events does not automatically qualify an agency or individual for credentials.

By applying for a credential, the sports editor, sports director/producer, or photo editor confirms having read, fully understands and agrees with the following professional guidelines and policies:

  1. Any individual receiving a media credential and/or working in any media spaces during the College Football Playoff or New Year’s Six (including Allstate Sugar Bowl) bowl game week and/or on day of game must be vaccinated and wear a mask in all media work spaces or during media events.  Proof of vaccination will be required by the College Football Playoff and New Year’s Six bowls.  Additional instructions on how and when to submit proof of vaccination will be provided in future correspondence prior to Bowl Week.
  2. Credentials may be issued to working members of the media representing recognized outlets in the business of news gathering as their primary source of revenue. Credentials are granted at the discretion of the host bowl and national championship game communications staff, in conjunction with the participating conferences and institutions, as well as the College Football Playoff. The types of media outlets eligible for credentials include: newspapers, websites, magazines, wire services, college football publications, television and radio.
    1. The dissemination of editorial content must be the primary purpose of the news outlet and the news outlet must demonstrate a record of sustained, original coverage of college football, on a daily basis.
    2. Local news outlets must demonstrate a record of sustained, original news content on local sports and/or news, including coverage of the participating institution.
    3. Credentials will not be issued to representatives whose outlet exists solely as a platform for distributing unoriginal content (press releases, aggregate news sites, etc.).
    4. All media outlets must adhere to the College Football Playoff “Use of Footage” agreement, as well as the College Football Playoff “Digital and Online Policy” agreement.
  3. Priority will be given to media outlets that have staffed and reported all home games of a participating institution, though this does not guarantee credentials.
  4. Credential requests will only be approved for those assigned to cover the game by the sports editor, sports director/producer or photo editor. Credentials are not transferable and may be revoked at any time.
  5. Subject to limitations of space, credentials for photo staff members shall be assigned to outlets requiring immediate news coverage. The Associated Press, Getty, Sports Illustrated, and USA Today Sports Images each may receive a maximum of six photographer credentials. Reuters, Icon and Cal Sports Media may receive a maximum of four photographer credentials.
  6. A business enterprise from the locale of the bowl or national championship game, or the participating teams, which is involved in the dissemination of college football news on a weekly basis or more frequently to audiences from ethnically, socially or culturally diverse backgrounds may be eligible for credentials if space is available.
  7. Freelance reporters or photographers will not be credentialed unless they are working under a specific assignment. Credential applications must be accompanied by a request on official company letterhead. Such requests may receive one credential if space is available.
  8. When space is available, credentials may be issued to a full-time, salaried employee or a representative who regularly performs services for an international news outlet. Such request must be accompanied by an official request on company letterhead from the editor and will be vetted with the Association Internationale Presse Sportive (AIPS).


Credential Policies

  1. Video clips of in-game competition, live or otherwise, online or via social media networks are not permitted. Still photos may be shared online and across social platforms during the game.
  2. Any non-editorial or commercial use of any picture, audio, film/tape/digital image or drawing of the event is prohibited without prior, specific, written authorization from the host bowl and national championship game communications director.
  3. Internet usage in all media areas, including media hotel work areas, stadium press box, digital workroom and the field, is for work-related purposes only. Media members who do not follow the proper internet procedures may have their credentials and/or internet access revoked for the remainder of the event.
  4. Media should respect the work environment of their colleagues by maintaining a quiet and professional atmosphere in all working media areas.

Agencies Not Eligible

Credentials shall not be issued to the following:

  1. Persons solely for the purpose of writing or gathering material for books, short films or movies.
  2. Representatives of syndicated television or cable programmers who are not producing programs for immediate news coverage (i.e., to air within 24 hours).
  3. Telephone reporting services.
  4. Podcasts which do not fall under credential policies and guidelines listed above.
  5. Entities normally identified as “tout sheets,” and other publications devoted solely to gambling.
  6. Scouts from professional teams; (the bowls and national championship game will offer to sell tickets to the professional league office if requested and if tickets are available, with the understanding that the professional league will distribute the tickets to the teams as it wishes).
  7. Agencies that normally provide specific services for a media outlet (e.g., scores) if many of its clients have been accredited to staff the event.
  8. Online entities not specifically referenced herein.
  9. Executives and/or staff without game day assignments.

The Allstate Sugar Bowl reserves the right to enforce the above policies including revocation or suspension of accreditation.


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