We’re all familiar with the practice of courtroom sketches, where news outlets will commission an artist to create drawings of court proceedings when cameras are prohibited from the courtroom.
But are we ready to accept the same practice for the more frenetic world of sports?
In yet another example of sport clubs making a grab for cash any way they can, the Southampton Football Club prohibited press photographers from taking and publishing photos of this season’s matches. Refusing to pay for the “official” images, The Herald instead decided to run comic-like drawings of the season opener created by city historian (and Herald contributor) Chris Robinson.
Later on rival team Plymouth Argyle released their own match photos into the public domain and there are reports that the photography ban is looking at its end, but you sure have to admire the Herald’s ingenuity regardless.