Digital storms have been shaking up the sports business since the beginning of the year, with sports leagues around the world struggling to find ways to protect their brands and keep fans happy.
But with digital storms being a part of every sport, this week, the International Olympic Committee’s governing body will meet to decide the fate of a rule that prevents fans from viewing the sport on mobile phones or tablets.
The IOC has approved a new rule that requires digital streams of sports to be restricted to one mobile device per athlete and the IOC has also decided to remove its current ban on streaming of video games, according to the Associated Press.
The move was welcomed by some, but many others were upset that the IOC would impose such a draconian rule and even threaten to pull out of the Olympics altogether if the rule is not changed.
With the Olympics coming to a close on Sunday, some of the biggest events of the summer are set to come to a sudden end.
And while the games are typically a big draw for fans and businesses around the globe, they are also often the most expensive events on the calendar.
According to the AP, the IOC is also looking to reduce the number of games that take place each year from 22 to 14.
The current rules were first proposed in 2015, and are intended to make sure that athletes do not compete at the same time in two of the most popular sports in the world.
This is why it is so important that the games, which are the heart of the sports calendar, stay open, said Matt Miller, CEO of the Associated Professional Athletics Organizations (APAA).
But the APAA and other sports groups, including the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the World Baseball Classic (WBC) and the U.S. Soccer Association, have been pushing for more flexibility in the rules.
The APAA has called for the IOC to allow streaming of games, while WBC president Jeff Berwick has said that he supports the current rules, according a statement on the APA website.
The rule was first proposed last year in response to the release of the FIFA videos that showed the World Cup and the World Basketball Championship being streamed live on mobile devices, according the AP.
The WBC, which is owned by Qatar, said in a statement that the decision to allow digital streams was “a clear victory for sports fans and consumers around the planet.”
The APA, which represents more than 400 of the world’s top professional and amateur sports, said that the rule would allow fans to experience a “more compelling and inclusive experience” for them and for their sport.
“This is an important step in bringing the Olympic Games to the digital platform, where they will remain open to fans and athletes for as long as possible,” the APAAA said.
The International Association for Media and Communications, which also represents the video-streaming industry, also said in its statement that it was “extremely pleased” with the decision.
The rules that have been adopted by the IOC, the APEA and the WBC “have been working diligently to create a system that will protect the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” the IAM said in the statement.
But the rules were not without their critics.
The International Olympic committee’s vice president, John Coates, said the rule should not have been allowed to go forward.
“It is a good thing for fans, it is a great thing for athletes, but it should not be the rule of the IOC,” Coates told CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.”
“I think we have to get the IOC back in line with what we want.
We need to get this rule changed, we need to have more clarity on this.”
But the IAA’s Berwick, who represents the WBA and WBC as well as the IAAF, said it was not a matter of whether the rule was good or bad.
The sport, he said, is the most important thing that people will watch, and they’re the ones who will make the money.
“I believe that if people have that interest, if they’ve got a great experience and if they have the passion to go out and see a game on a mobile device, then it’s good,” Berwick said.
“And I think that people are ready for that.”
But even as the IOC made its final decision, it will be up to the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and several other leagues to decide whether to follow suit.WWE has not yet announced any decision about the rule change, but in a press release, the organization said it “will be making a final determination about this matter” after it meets with the IOC on Tuesday.
The WWE has yet to comment on the rule.
Wrestling’s governing bodies are also working to decide how to handle their own sports leagues.
The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and Major League Soccer (MLS) are also looking at how to deal