NFL still working on Twitter policy

We mentioned a few weeks back that the NFL was working on a global policy regarding the use of Twitter and other social media platforms and web sites.

But with the day of the first actual game of the 2009 season approaching, the policy has not yet been finalized.

Judy Battista of the New York Times mentions that the league is working on a policy for game day use of social media such as Twitter.  NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tells us that it will be a “broad” policy regarding “the use of social media, including Twitter, by players, coaches, and clubs on game days.”

It’s also possible that the league will craft a policy regarding the use of Twitter by media covering NFL games.  Currently, there’s a policy against press-box live blogging that provides a play-by-play account of the game.

Then again, given that Twitter can be used by anyone with a phone, the fact that any member of the paying audience can do it suggests that it wouldn’t be fair to prevent the media from doing it, too.

But even with a game day policy regarding the use of Twitter by players, we’re looking forward to the tweets that will be posted from the hotel room the night before a game, from the plane ride home, and/or from a player’s apartment in the wee hours after a game, after said player’s fingers possibly have been loosened by the consumption of a few celebratory (or otherwise) cocktails.

11 responses to “NFL still working on Twitter policy

  1. 1st offense = $1701 fine
    2nd offense = Lifetime ban and/or 3.5 years in jail
    3rd offense = you have to “fix” Big Ben’s “TV”
    4th offense = Vick gives you the Bad Newz Kennel treatment and electrocutes your balls
    5th offense = Favre gets to “decide” on your fate

  2. The eagles franshise gets all there players to play for free. The Jeremy Maklin contract is terrible, he should have gotten more money.

  3. Florio – I’m glad you take the time to go through all of the Tweets and find the best blurbs. Even I don’t do that little at work!!!

  4. 1st offense = $1701 fine
    2nd offense = Lifetime ban and/or 3.5 years in jail
    3rd offense = you have to “fix” Big Ben’s “TV”
    4th offense = Vick gives you the Bad Newz Kennel treatment and electrocutes your balls
    5th offense = Favre gets to “decide” on your fate
    —————-
    Mike, gives this guy and award for best Tweet, I mean PFT post of the week. Perfectly stated, written, I mean typed.

  5. Florio-
    I think you’re overlooking the Collective Bargaining angle here. Perhaps DeSmith is coaching the players to make a big deal out of twitter so they can make it a concession in the talks.

  6. As I mentioned in the Aundrae Allison article, what about agents’ use of Twitter to release inside information? That’s just as detrimental as the use of Twitter by players on the sideline.

  7. So what happens when a player tweets about an injury when it is not on the injury report? Is the player going to be fined for comments detrimental to the team? Or will the NFL have the cajones to fine an NFL team for not reporting an injury?

  8. I didn’t even read the article yet I feel compelled to reply.
    When it comes to personal communication devices and methods turning into a public platform for players, the NFL should simply charge royalty fees to the big-mouth player whom nobody would even care about if he didn’t wear an NFL uniform.

  9. Any violation of the Twitter policy, will result in Mike Singletary dropping his pants in front of you.

  10. # Dewey Axewound says: August 4, 2009 1:23 PM
    1st offense = $1701 fine
    2nd offense = Lifetime ban and/or 3.5 years in jail
    3rd offense = you have to “fix” Big Ben’s “TV”
    4th offense = Vick gives you the Bad Newz Kennel treatment and electrocutes your balls
    5th offense = Favre gets to “decide” on your fate
    ======================================
    Only one problem, the 5th offense. Basically nothing would happen to the 5th offense player because ole’ Bertyboy wouldn’t be able to make up his mind. Even when he did, he would be back within the next couple of minutes to change it.

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