2021 Connecticut Sun Updated Media Information
Please read through the following updated media protocols for the Connecticut Sun ahead of the second half 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.  In addition to providing proof of vaccination, a mask must be worn at all times.
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. There will be a limited amount of media personnel and photographers permitted to attend games this season due to COVID-19 protocol. 
  • ​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 confirmation within 24 hours of the scheduled contest.
  • Prior to arrival, media/photographers requesting baseline seating must submit proof of vaccination HERE before the contest in which they are applying to attend and be masked at all times. ​
*Click on the icons below for credential request, use conditions, and policies.*

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, in addition to being fully vaccinated, they wear a facemask at all times.

  • ​Prior to arrival, media/photographers requesting baseline seating must submit proof of vaccination HERE before the contest in which they are applying to attend and be masked at all times. ​
  • 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.

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
  • There will be NO media work room available located back of house. Media may work from their seats during the game and use the backstage café post-game.
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.

  • ​In-person media is back. To have court and back of house access, media and photographers MUST submit proof of vaccination HERE before the contest in which they are applying to attend and be masked at all times.

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

**There will be no locker room access**

*Media must wear masks for in-person interviews*

* Connecticut can facilitate in-person one-on-one interviews at Mohegan Sun Arena ONLY. The team practice facility will not be open to in-person media due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols. *

In-person media is back. To have court and back of house access, media MUST submit proof of vaccination HERE before the contest in which they are applying to attend and be masked at all times.

Practice Days and Media Availability (Regular Season)

  • Media will be allowed into practice at Mohegan Sun Arena ONLY during the last thirty (30) minutes of practice. An advisory indicating available practice days will be distributed ahead of time.
  • Head Coach and players are available in-person in addition to zoom.
    • Two players and a coach will be available via zoom.

Game Day Shoot-arounds

  • There will be a minimum of two (2) players, including at least one projected starter, on a rotational basis, available to media prior/after the team’s shoot-around via zoom only.

Pre-game Media Availability

  • Coach will be available on the court and via zoom. Players will be available on the court.
  • Media will be required to sit in assigned seats throughout the game and will be allowed on the court for pre-game media availability between 90 and 60 minutes on the game clock.
  • Interviews must be done on the sidelines of the court with a maximum of two (2) media members per player at a time, socially distanced. There should be no formation of a media scrum.

Post-game Media Availability

  • Home teams will allow up to ten media in a zoom room or press conference setting with social distancing.
    • Media availability for home team will also be simultaneously conducted via zoom.
  • Media for visiting teams will be conducted via zoom in addition to accommodating one-on-one in person requests.

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.
  • Teams must verify documentation of media members prior to any such media interacting in-person with a player, coach, or front office person.
  • 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 any one or more of the following is true on such day:

  • Within the prior 14 days, the holder has returned a positive or inconclusive COVID-19 test result (unless, despite such result, the holder has been cleared by a physician upon medical review of the holder’s individual circumstances and in accordance with applicable standards established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) and/or WNBA to discontinue isolation);
  • Within the prior 14 days, the holder has been exposed to someone who returned a positive or inconclusive COVID-19 test result (including if the holder was notified by a public health authority that the holder came into close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19), someone who was at the time of exposure experiencing 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, diarrhea, fatigue or any other symptoms associated with COVID-19 identified by the CDC), or any other person who is suspected of being infected with COVID-19, unless the holder has recovered from prior COVID-19 infection within the past 90 days or the holder is considered fully-vaccinated in accordance with applicable standards established by the CDC and/or WNBA;
  • Within the prior 14 days, 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, diarrhea, fatigue or any other symptoms associated with COVID-19 identified by the CDC);
  • 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
  • The holder is subject to a government regulation requiring the holder to quarantine (e.g., quarantine requirements in connection with travelling to or from certain jurisdictions).​

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 Public Relations Specialist, Annette Hogan at ahogan@connecticutsun.com or (845)-807-6185 with any questions, concerns or special requests.