Like it or not, NFL’s media policy is clear

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Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch knew he’d be fined $100,000 if he failed to speak to reporters after Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs.  He failed to speak to reporters anyway.

While that infraction pales in comparison to other current problems that have been exacerbated by the league’s own bungling of them, the fine imposed on Lynch falls within the standard job description of professional football player in the National Football League.

The league’s media policy is clear:  “Players must be available to the media following every game and regularly during the practice week as required under league rules.  Star players, or other players with unusually heavy media demands, must be available to the media that regularly cover their teams at least once during the practice week in addition to their required post-game media availability. . . .  Each club will open its locker room during the normal practice week (based on a Sunday game) on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to all accredited media for player interviews for a minimum of 45 minutes.”

So “star” players — like Lynch, who is paid accordingly — have two required media availabilities per week.  Lynch consistently has declined to make himself available.  Sure, it’s a small issue in the grand scheme of things.  Yes, players and coaches routinely say nothing of value during these media availabilities.  But the NFL requires that the player show up and say something.

If they don’t or won’t, they suffer the consequences.  And if for some reason they can’t, due to social anxiety or some other mental or emotional condition, they need to go through the proper channels to request an accommodation to their discomfort.

30 responses to “Like it or not, NFL’s media policy is clear

  1. If Lynch pops 2 xanax with a minute to go in the game, then takes a long shower after the game, maybe chugs a beer, he should be just fine by the time the media gets to him. MAN UP

  2. Honestly – the policy is what the policy is. And the players know it. If Lynch figures it’s worth the $100k to not talk, then so be it.

    But – seriously – nobody cares what these dudes have to say. If you do, you really need to find something else to do with your afternoon.

  3. Football is entertainment! Part of that is doing interviews.

    Only the 2012’s are in Lynch’s side on this issue. They wouldn’t care a lick if it were a player on another team.

  4. If Lynch was savvy, he would have just showed up and answered every question with “We’re on to Cincinnati”.

  5. The problem is the HUGE disparity between a fine for a guy who keeps dodging the media and a guy who would kick another player in the face.

    Lynch not talking to the media pales in comparison to the fines laid out for players who repeatedly get busted for dirty plays. How long did it take for Ndamokung(sp) Suh to fetch a 100K fine?

  6. He should just answer the idiotic questions from the so-called “reporters” (they are definitely not journalists) with – Roger knows the answer to that. Or make a small statement that he appreciates the fan interest and now I’ll take questions from you idiots that failed Journalism 101.

  7. Lol “pop 2 xanax and man up”… He is a Beast, not a man. The only thing he’s worried about is stopping himself from going wild on the whole media room and getting fined even more. I think most agree they’d just talk and keep their money, but I don’t think he’s hurting for anything.
    Lynch probably cares more about getting new Jordans before they come out than the 100k or what anybody has to say.

  8. Green Eggs and Ham is a great book, that was probably the most productive thing the Senate had done in years.

  9. The NFL excels at imposing stupid rules on its teams and this is easily one of the most stupid. That said, Marshawn knew the rules. #gohawks

  10. Mr. Lynch it’s simple, do business, as business is done. You’re not special in regards to avoiding media availability. The other players do it when I’m sure they hate It, same with the coaches. Grow up or go away. Pay the fine first.

  11. My. Lynch, it’s simple, do business, as business is done. When they ask you questions, just say “We’re focused on FamFirst”. Other players do it and the media will eventually grow up and go away. Now go win the appeal on your fine. If Squidward can get off the hook, you should too.

  12. Marshawn goes up to the podium, does 20 minutes of shoutouts, closes with his favorite oscar acceptance speeches, says “I’ll take your comments off the air” and moonwalks off the stage.

  13. Regardless if they should remove these media
    stipulations from the players contracts its there
    and regardless if Lynch care to be a role model
    he is because of his profession. And what he’s
    doing is teaching our young ones its alright
    to do whatever you want even if the Boss or
    the legal and binding contract tell you otherwise
    Thumbs up👍 or down👎. Its the truth

  14. So where in these rules does it say how long an answer has to be or how relevant? The NFL doesn’t own these players. The players are the ones making the money for the NFL. I don’t blame him. He could use that time to say anything he wants though. Use the opportunity but don’t say anything relevant

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