Saturday, May 19, 2007

Why The NFL Sucks: Reason Number 3,486

As reported in JSO this morning.

According to the new policy, credentialed Web sites can use up to 45 seconds per day of audio and/or video of interviews or press conferences involving NFL employees, including players and coaches, as well as practice footage. The policy states that the audio or video cannot be used live and may be archived for 24 hours.

Last season, the NFL allowed unlimited online audio and video non-game content. Game video was and will continue to be the property of, the league's Web site.

Fantastic. More monopoly bullshit. Hope none of you Packer fans out there like getting information from the internet for free, because the NFL just put a huge, blistering stop to that.

What a bunch of pigs. That's fine if they want to retain control of in-game broadcast elements. That's fair, even. But to take post-game elements away is way over the line. Someone's got to stand up to these guys, but the only people at a loss risk losing their credentials.

I guess the moral of the story is: If you aren't credentialed, do everything you can to get some post game audio/video because then you can host it on your site, and you'll be the only one with that kind of information!


At 7:37 AM, May 19, 2007, Blogger Pete Fanning said...

I wonder how much an NFL credential costs?

The blogging community, if for nothing else, is well known for it's blistering response for injustices.

I think an appropriate response to this injustice would be to flood the NFL with Blogger Credential applications :)

At 10:22 AM, May 19, 2007, Blogger Cantankerous said...

That's the point Pete: If you have credentials you can't post the audio. To my knowledge credentials don't cost anything. You just have to apply for them.

What's the point in getting them if you can't post the audio/video interviews you get after the game????

It's ridiculous.

At 3:34 PM, May 19, 2007, Blogger Pete Fanning said...

But the point I was trying to make is, flood the bureaucracy with applications so the NFL realizes the ridiculousness of their requirement.


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