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Most of the coverage of last year’s off-season media policy review by the NFL centered on the loss of sideline access for local TV stations…

Most of the coverage of last year’s off-season media policy review by the NFL centered on the loss of sideline access for local TV stations and unaffiliated networks; less in the spotlight, the NFL also limited the amount of video sites could use to non-game-day coverage. And, as the Sports Business Journal (sub. req.) reports, this year could see even more limitations when it comes to online video. The league may bar use of video from weekly coaches’ conferences and from interviews during practice. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, referring to newspaper sites, : The issue “is what, if any, amount of the interview footage should be allowed on Web sites since it is NFL content.” The league could use team sites and its own NFL.com, now in house.
The possible complete ban and a review of the sidelines ban are on the agenda for the NFL owners’ meetings this week in Phoenix.

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  1. Is this good or bad for the NFL to impose such a restriction?

  2. dennis janson Tuesday, March 27, 2007

    Pigs get fed, hogs get slaughtered.

    When the NFL squeezes locals like this, locals will ignore all of the charitable pursuits of teams and players, to the detriment of the numerous charities that benefit from identification with a team.

    Or do they know something we don't about the possibility of all alcohol related advertising being banned from TV in the future and are making accomodations now to defray the losses?

    Just wondering.

    dj

  3. From what I hear out of the NFL meetings the NFL will be more lax with locals on game day footage for over the air and cable television. Back to how they did it in 2005. However, it’s not clear if they can show the this footage on their TV station website.

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