August 04, 2007

NFL Sets Limits on Web Content:: The camel attempts to stick his nose into the tent. After MLB tried to limit the use of statistics in fantasy leagues, now the NFL wants to limit the content that newspapers may use on their web sports coverage. Will they get away with it? How far will this go? (Posted to "football" only because there's no category for "media".)

posted by Howard_T to football at 12:33 PM - 7 comments

Will the greed of the NFL ever surprise me? I think all newspapers who covered NFL teams over the pass fifty years should launch a class action Lawsuit demanding payment for all of that advertising of what they beleived to be a public event.

posted by bboltwalt at 05:42 PM on August 04, 2007

I don't quite see the problem here.Ever heard of N.F.L. films?Why would they cut there own throats?By the way every class action lawyer should be sent on a sinking ship to the middle of the Pacific.

posted by nafsfeihc1#oN at 09:13 PM on August 04, 2007

I agree bbolt. It's ridiculous to stuff the genie back in the bottle. I mean honestly, what is the point of all this, other than a money grab? This is why I am very quickly giving up on professional sports entirely.

posted by Drood at 11:22 PM on August 04, 2007

News sites also are barred from running advertisements alongside the NFL content. That is absolutely nuts. They have to provide links to and to the team's webpage. But they can't put any ads near it. I'm now rooting for the NFL to collapse. Greedy little assbrains.

posted by SummersEve at 09:44 AM on August 06, 2007

Regardless, the news conferences remain NFL property, Aiello said. How on earth is a press confrence NFL property. The whole point of a press confrence, I thought, was to speak with the media. Now anything they say is the property of the NFL. I think they are really testing the first amendment with this one. The article also mentions the fact that most of these stadiums are publicly funded. I understand that does not make it Public property technically, but you would think the public and the press would get a few liberties there. Its not like these websites were rebroadcasting the game. I think the NFL is going to find itself in a similar situation as baseball soon enough. They will become the used-to-be-pastime and some other sport will claim to be the american pastime.

posted by Steel_Town at 10:19 AM on August 06, 2007

assbrains. These would be located inside asshats, am I correct?

posted by tommybiden at 03:29 PM on August 06, 2007

This is the NFL way . . . and when you are the #1 sport in America (by far) you get to press your leverage as heavily as you want to. Admittedly, I am a football junkie, however the NFL "bully" tactics sometimes wear thin (i.e., exclusive video game license that did nothing but harm its fans and line its coffers). Tactics like these make me think twice about spending money on this product, despite how much I love to watch.

posted by BCHockey at 04:23 PM on August 06, 2007

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