A dispute over who has the right to broadcast school sporting events online has intensified, as a media company and a newspaper trade group say a lawsuit by Wisconsin's high school athletic association is unconstitutional.


The Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA) and Gannett Co. filed a response and counterclaim in federal court in Madison on March 24 against the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIIA).


The WNA claims the WIAA is violating newspapers' rights under the Copyright Act by granting exclusive contracts to private companies covering tournament events.


WIAA spokesman Todd Clark declined to comment, saying he hadn't seen the WNA's counterclaim. Jerry O'Brien, an...

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