1. mswollering says

    I think the most compelling argument is just that it’s for their own good–you made that point in the Fielder example. I mean seriously, we can all get hot about stuff, but better to be rational about it than start regretfully Tweeting.

    Second, if we could compare it to any other professional “job”; your company could take whatever action against you for whatever it wants to, should you fail to follow suggested protocol and go through the appropriate channels within the organization before badmouthing policies or goings-on in the public arena. In that sense, a fine is logical. Some companies may even terminate and the NFL’s not theatening that.

    I know there are harmless tweets that free speech is great for. It’s the other side that the NFL is at least trying to curb…I can’t knock them too much for it.

  2. paulmbanks says

    Right, this is a much more sane and reasonable policy than what the SEC is all about. I don’t think the NFL policy will create as much of a backlash and rebellion as the SEC policy.

    And yeah, I’d rather the players be more focused on the game than Tweeting during the game, but in training camp? cmon. practice can be so zzzz zzzzzz zzzz, let em twitter

  3. H. Jose Bosch says

    Fine points but I disagree with you on this issue. Sports are supposed to be fun and entertaining. I think the NFL could be even more popular (not that it needs help) if it loosened up a bit. Here’s why I don’t think runaway tweeting will be a problem.

    1.) If a player wants to Tweet something after making a great play, I say go for it. While almost all of their time is dedicated to the game, they do have moments where they aren’t doing anything but basking in the glory of their greatness (The “Hi-mom-I’m-on-camera” moment, if you will.) I don’t think there is anything wrong with Tweeting here.

    2.) Players will probably try to Tweet during times that are deemed unacceptable (in the huddle, maybe?) but no one polices on-field shenanigans better than the players themselves. If someone is doing something stupid, his teammates or opposing players will put a stop to it quick.

  4. jmccormick says

    I just don’t see how any of this is possible if the NFL already bans any type of computer, PDA, or cell phone. I wouldn’t have a big problem with tweets after a good play, but I think you’d see a lot more negative and unprofessional stuff on bad teams later in the season. Imagine if they allowed tweeting during the patriots 19 and 1 season when they were running up the score on everybody. Brady wouldve talked a big one after that anthony smith call out, that’s for sure. Its not like smith didn’t deserve it, but players already let their emotions get the best of them on national television.

  5. H. Jose Bosch says

    But don’t we love that about sports? Remember the playground days when we’d tease each other while playing sports? I don’t think trash talking would be that hurtful, especially for adults.

    Besides, considering how awful my Lions were last season, I would’ve LOVED to read any Tweet from those final weeks of the season.

    I’d envision Twitter being like fantasy sports and gambling … it gives you a reason to care when, under any other circumstance, you wouldn’t care.

    I think can raise the stakes a little bit more during sporting events.

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