May 5th, 2011 10:56 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Kentucky
Tags: Apparently Mitchell, Commonwealth Stadium, UK
On the heels of UK’s board of trustees’ decision to upgrade the video boards at Commonwealth Stadium, one Wildcat fan is filing a lawsuit over what will be shown on the new video boards.
From The Lexington Herald-Leader:
A University of Kentucky football season ticket holder with a hearing impairment has gone to federal court to try to get UK to display captioning on the video boards and video monitors throughout Commonwealth Stadium.
Charles Mitchell of Lancaster says in a complaint filed Wednesday in US District Court in Lexington that he cannot hear announcements on the stadium’s public address system and that captioning can be displayed on the video boards and monitors.
He says UK, by not providing captioning, is violating the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. He notes in the complaint that UK receives funding from the federal government.
Apparently Mitchell expects the university to hire someone to sit and handle the closed-captioning duties on the fly on gameday. Television stations actually pay a service to have someone out of town listen in to their broadcasts and quickly type up the closed captioning. That would not be an option for UK as they do not broadcast their in-stadium feed.
UK representatives have no comment. We have only an eye roll.
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