2022 Connecticut Sun Updated Media Information
Please read through the following updated media protocols for the Connecticut Sun ahead of the WNBA season. All protocols are subject to change due to league, team and CDC local and federal guidelines.
All press covering the Connecticut Sun must show proof of vaccination.  

MEDIA CREDENTIAL REQUEST PROCESS

  • Media interested in attending a Connecticut Sun game at Mohegan Sun Arena will be asked to request a credential at least 72 hours in advance of the desired game.
  • ​Requests can be made by completing the spreadsheet HERE or linked in the Credential Request icon below.
  • If you are interested in attending all the home games please fill out each game day tab at the time of requesting your first credential.
  • You will receive an email regarding credential approval or denial within 48 hours of the scheduled contest.
  • Prior to arrival, media/photographers requesting baseline seating must submit proof of vaccination through the league HERE before the contest in which they are applying to attend and share confirmation with Sun PR. ​
*Click on the icons below for credential request, use conditions, and policies.*

COVID-19 VACCINATION CARD UPLOAD

The following procedures are in place for media access for the 2022 WNBA season and address vaccination requirements, booster requirements, and the methodology for return-to-in-person-attendance following a positive Covid result. We will continue to evaluate this policy during the season and adjust as the circumstances around the national health situation dictate.

** Vaccination Information** ALL media MUST be fully vaccinated with a booster (if eligible):

“Fully vaccinated” against COVID-19 means that 14 days have passed since a person received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine approved or authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO. All media must upload their proof of vaccination/booster via the below link for approval. If you have not done so already for 2022 NBA ALL-STAR or 2022 WNBA DRAFT, please do by April 25, 2022.  However, if you have received any additional doses since (or tested positive), you need to upload any supplemental documentation so that the profile gets updated accordingly.

Please note that it does take 2-3 days for submissions to get reviewed and approved. You will receive a follow-up or confirmation (depending on status) from the league’s partners at IQVIA, accordingly.

*Please share the confirmation with Manager of Communications, Alexandra Maund, at amaund@connecticutsun.com *

Booster Information

In order to satisfy this booster requirement, such individuals must receive a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine approved or authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO.

A person is eligible for a booster dose of a vaccine if:

    • 5 months have passed since the last dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine was received
    • 2 months have passed since the dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was received

 

  • As a limited exception to these rules, any media who can document that they are recently recovered (i.e., within 60 days following the date of their first documented positive or inconclusive test result) may continue to attend in-person media availabilities – even without yet receiving a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine – until they are no longer recently recovered.  Documentation of such result will be required.

 

  • Any media member who is not currently eligible for a booster dose, but subsequently becomes eligible, will have 14 days from the date on which they become eligible to elect to receive such dose.  If they do not, then following that 14-day period, they may not attend media availability in-person unless and until they receive an additional dose.

 

  • Upon submission to the league office, the NBA may exempt any individual who is eligible for but does not have access to a booster dose (e.g., certain international media depending on their location) from the booster requirement until such dose is available.

Steps for Return to In-Person Attendance following a Positive Covid result:

Time-Based Resolution

  1. At least 10 days have passed since the date of the first positive or inconclusive test, or symptom onset (if applicable);
  2. At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications;
  3. Other symptoms have improved; and
  4. At least 10 days after the date of their first positive or inconclusive test, the media member returns either (a) a negative result from a point-of-care test (e.g., a Cue or other at-home test) or (b) a result with CTs > 30.0 (or negative) from a PCR test.

Test-Based Resolution

  1. The infected individual returns at least two consecutive negative PCR test results, each from samples collected at least 24 hours after the prior sample.

MEDIA & PHOTOGRAPHER SEATING

General media, photographers and camera operators may now resume traditional baseline procedures and sit up to a minimum of 6 feet from the court so long as they are fully vaccinated and boosted.

  • ​Prior to arrival, media/photographers requesting baseline seating must submit proof of vaccination through the league HERE before the contest in which they are applying to attend and share your confirmation with Connecticut Sun PR.
  • Those unable to provide proof of vaccination status will not be granted baseline or back of house access and will remain in the Earth Sky Box for the duration of the contest.

PHOTOGRAPHERS

  • As a reminder, camera operators and photographers are generally prohibited from entering escape lanes during play, and thus their seating locations may not block escape lanes.
  • Prior to arrival, you will be given your designated location to shoot. At no time are you permitted to leave this spot unless it is to go back to your seat at the media table.
  • A photo-sharing system will be put in place for accredited outlets unable to obtain a credential for the desired contest.
  • Additionally, rubber lens hoods must be on all lenses for still photographers, broadcasters, and news and entertainment video and film crews who are authorized to shoot WNBA game action. Photographers using telephoto lenses – which are permitted for both near court and far court photography – may store their cameras on their laps when using another camera, but not next to them or in front of them. Media requesting baseline locations must provide agreement that a rubber lens hood will be used.
  • Each photographer will be permitted to use one monopod – but no tripods – at courtside. Only metal-less, hiking-type photographer seats (e.g. no rolling seats, no swivels, no legs) will be permitted for photographers or television camera operators seated around the perimeter of the court. All other types of seating must be approved in advance by the WNBA. Additionally, no stand-alone remotes or ancillary equipment and accessories (e.g., batteries, lenses, tapes) are permitted on the court at any time. No laptop computers may be used while a photographer is seated courtside for any purpose (e.g. transmitting game photos).

MEDIA DINING

  • Media must remain within their designated seating location in accordance with their credential access. It is recommended that media members sitting on the baseline do not eat at their seats but do so in the backstage café. Media Dining will return to the backstage café.

 

ENTRANCE

Members of the media should enter Mohegan Sun Arena through the Earth side entrance and pick up their credential at the first window of the box office.

  • To have court and back of house access, media and photographers MUST submit proof of vaccination through the league HERE and share confirmation with Connecticut Sun PR before the contest in which they are applying to attend.

PARKING

  • ​Due to COVID-19 protocols, there will be NO parking under the arena for photographers or television stations.
  • All parking at Mohegan Sun is free to the public. The closest garage to the box office and arena entrance is the West side of the Riverview Garage where the Krispy Kreme is located.

PRINTING

  • ​No printed materials will be provided to media. An email with a box score and any pertinent stats/facts will be sent at halftime and the end of the game to media in attendance.

 

MEDIA AVAILABILITIES

*Media must wear masks for in-person interviews in the team locker room*

*To have court and back of house access, media MUST submit proof of vaccination through the league HERE and share confirmation with Connecticut Sun PR before the contest in which they are applying to attend.*

Practice Days Media Availability (Regular Season)

  • Media will be allowed into practice during the last thirty (30) minutes of practice. An advisory indicating available practice days will be distributed ahead of time on Monday morning of each week.
  • Immediately upon the conclusion of practice all players will remain on the court for a minimum of 20 minutes up to a maximum of 30 minutes for media interviews.
  • Three players will be available via zoom twice a week. Players will be rotated and will always include a minimum of 2 starters.
    • If the team is participating in a league-scheduled zoom media availability for the promotion of a nationally televised game in a given week, the team is not required to conduct a second-team led zoom during practice for that week.
  • During the preseason, the head coach will be available for all media via one zoom session between Friday, April 29 and Wednesday, May 4.

Game Day Shoot-arounds

  • On Monday morning of each week, a tentative schedule of media availabilities will be provided to media members for that particular week.
  • Shoot-arounds will be open to media for the last 15 minutes.
  • All players and coaches will be available for a 15-minute in-person interview session on the court immediately following the conclusion of shoot-around.
  • There will be no zoom availability at shoot-around. 

Pre-game Media Availability

  • On Monday morning of each week, a tentative schedule of media availabilities will be provided to media members for that particular week.
  • All players will be available in-person on the court during the 90-60-minute window on the game clock prior to tip-off.
  • Head coach will be available separately in the press conference room for zoom and in-person media.
  • Head coaches will conduct their availabilities prior to or immediately following, but not during, the 90-60-minute window. Opposing coaches will not conduct their sessions at the same time.
  • There will be no zoom sessions for pre-game player availability. Players’ pregame media availability will be on-court only and no longer in the locker rooms for pregame. Each player will be available for a minimum of 15 minutes during the 90-60-minute window.
    • Sun PR will designate in advance the 15 minutes within the 30-minute pregame availability window that each will be available. Notification of each player’s availability will be posted in the media work room and in each team’s Game Notes document.

Post-game Media Availability

  • Post-game media availability will be a combination of in-person access and zoom access.
    • Home and road teams will utilize two separate press conference rooms that can accommodate in-person media and the zoom component.
  • There will be locker room access allowed postgame only. Players who available in the press conference room will not be required to be available in the locker room.
    • Masks are mandated for media in the locker room.
  • Locker rooms will be open for up to 30 minutes, concurrent with the pressers.
    • If, however, after 20 minutes of having opened postgame locker rooms to media members, Team PR (both home and away) determine that ALL media needs have been fulfilled, they may close the locker rooms.
  • No later than 10 minutes following the game, the first head coach will be made available and will then be followed by the opposing coach in the separate press conference room for their team; coaches will not be available simultaneously.
  • A minimum of two players from each team will then follow the head coaches and be made available simultaneously in two separate rooms.
  • All interviews in the press conference room will be a combination of in-person access and zoom.
  • Sun PR will issue a note to in-person and virtual media prior to the conclusion of each game indicating the names of the players to be made available in the press conference rooms.

 

PROTOCOLS FOR IN-PERSON INTERVIEWS FOR MEDIA

  • Vaccination / Testing.  Media members (including general media and/or broadcast partner talent and crew) must be fully vaccinated and boosted.
  • Teams must verify documentation of media members prior to any such media interacting in-person with a player, coach, or front office person.
  • Locker Rooms. Media members must wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status, when interacting with players in the locker room post-game. 
  • Physical Distancing.  Media members must remain at least three feet away from any coach or player at all times.

“STAY-AT-HOME” REGULATIONS

Each credential holder agrees not to attend the applicable game/event (or other team activities) if, within the prior 14 days, the holder has tested positive for COVID-19, or, unless fully-vaccinated for COVID-19 (as defined by the CDC):

  • Within the prior 14 days, the holder was exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19;
  • Within the prior 14 days, the holder has travelled to a state or international territory identified by federal or applicable local governments as being subject to travel or quarantine advisories due to COVID-19; or
  • Within the prior 48 hours, the holder has experienced symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., a fever of 100.4⁰F or higher, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking, muscle pain/achiness, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, nasal congestion, runny nose, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, fatigue or any other symptoms associated with COVID-19 identified by the CDC (“COVID-19 Symptoms”)).

 

Anyone who is fully vaccinated but experiences any of the COVID-19 Symptoms identified above within the 48 hours prior to the game/event should nevertheless consult a healthcare provider and receive a negative test result for COVID-19 before attending.

ENTRY & COVID-19 HEALTH SCREENING
Per WNBA regulations, “By accepting this credential, I agree to the terms and conditions on the back of the credential and the additional Credential Use Conditions of which I have been provided a copy and which also are available at the WNBA section at NBA Media Central (mediacentral.nba.com). If I am accepting credentials on behalf of one or more other individual(s) at my organization, I represent that my organization and such other individual(s) have, individually and on behalf of the organization, authorized me to accept credentials on their behalf and such other individual(s) and the organization agree to the terms and conditions on the back of the credential and the additional Credential Use Conditions.”

**Please note that a person is considered “fully-vaccinated” under these policies beginning seven days after receiving the second dose of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or 14 days after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.**

QUESTIONS
Please reach out to Manager of Communications, Alexandra Maund at amaund@connecticutsun.com or (860)-705-9649 or Public Relations Specialist, Caroline O’Keefe at cokeefe@connecticutsun.com or (860)-823-7561 with any questions, concerns or special requests.