NFL Streaming Games on Twitter

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In the 2016 Season the National Football League announced they will be partnering with Twitter to launch the streaming capabilities of NFL games on twitter, more specifically Thursday Night Football Games. Those games exclusively belong to the NFL. Together Twitter and the NFL allowed fans to stream the ten TNF games on their mobile devices for free. Personally, I was a fan of this partnership because I didn’t have NFL Network on my cable package. Now I can stream the games and better yet, I can stream them anywhere I want. “Twitter is where live events unfold and is the right partner for the NFL as we take the latest step in serving fans around the world live NFL football”, said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The NFL is marketing itself extremely well considering they can stream the games internationally. The league is clearly targeting international soil with the games they push out to England and Mexico. By putting their product on the web, they have reach across oceans to give foreigners an immersive fan experience. Even if the NFL doesn’t continue to stream the games on Twitter, if they keep it in the Internet world they will find more and more success when raising the number of fans and viewers.

Going forward Twitter has lost its bid to keep stream TNF games on twitter, that streaming right has now gone to Amazon. An interesting turn of events considering Amazon isn’t a social network platform, but they are on the internet nonetheless. I feel as though this is mistake. The NFL is now isolating its viewers to only Amazon Prime members, meaning the streaming is no longer free. Granted I am sure the amount of Amazon members will increase, it will still cost the viewer money to view. However, as I stated above, it can’t be that detrimental if the NFL can keep their TNF games on the internet.

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https://nflcommunications.com/Pages/National-Football-League-and-Twitter-Announce-Streaming-Partnership-for-Thursday-Night-Football.aspx

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000650453/article/thursday-night-football-to-be-streamed-live-on-twitter

https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2017/04/05/amazon-picks-off-nfl-thursday-night-from-twitter/ah6mB3kbaRyBKYLgflwt6L/story.html

2017: The Year of Breaking Records

By: Azzy Herrera 

The 2017 NFL Scouting Combine began on Tuesday, February 28th and will continue on until this coming Monday, March 6th. The vast majority of football fans joined in to watch as athletes performed their on-air workouts beginning on Friday, March 3rd. The weekend began with running backs, o-line, and special teams. Saturday proceeded onto quarterbacks, wide receivers, as well as tight ends. Defensive line and line backers took over Sunday and last but not least, defensive backs to close out on Monday.

Source Credit: https://2017combine.fishsoftware.com/prereg/

The basis of the NFL combine is to analyze the athlete and determine whether those skills reflected during the multiple workouts and drills coincide with those that’ll be expected of them to perform during the actual season. Many athletes indeed proved that they are more than qualified to take their athleticism to the next level such as Stanford RB, Christian McCaffery and Utah Offensive Tackle, Garett Bolles. Although all athletes showed impressive athletic abilities, there is one name that had Twitter blowing up in amazement: John Ross.

Washington Wide Receiver, John Ross, set a record on Saturday March 4th, by running the infamous 40-yard dash in 4.22 seconds. Arizona Cardinal Running Back, Chris Johnson, was the previous record holder when he ran for an also impressive, 4.24 seconds back in 2008. After the run, multiple athletes, managers, coaches, all went to Twitter to express their amazement with a humorous, sincere, or simple congratulatory message for Ross. Chris Johnson couldn’t help but pay recognition to the new record holder through a small yet meaningful mention through Twitter, as well (shown below).

Source Credit: http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/chris-johnson-rest-of-twitter-react-to-john-ross-record-40-yard-dash-at-nfl-combine

 

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As if running a 4.22 wasn’t remarkable itself, Ross had no doubt that he was not going to perform quite like he did. The day preceding the run, Ross was questioned what he expected to run and he responded, “Under 4.3. That’s what I plan to run.” Well, John Ross, you certainly proved all those watching and more importantly, yourself, right. Congrats on being the new official record holder for the NFL Combine 40-yard dash and much success to you as you continue to embark in your football career!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Game was Over Before the Start

 

Once, again the New England Patriots are the best football team in the world. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick as a duo have one a total of five each which is the most by any player/coach combo. They came back from a nineteen-point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons in what seemed to be a tremendous fashion. As the “rich get richer” many people are starting to create their own theories and second guess the integrity of the National Football League and commissioner Roger Goodell. As once again the best story line seems to win out. The Patriots are constantly in the news creating story lines and controversy surrounding their tarnished franchise. These same story lines are the ones that bring attention to the league and create us to get excited at talk about the NFL only benefiting the league. The most recent story of cheating was in 2016 the New England Patriots were accused of improperly deflating footballs to gain a competitive advantage against opponents. Another example of cheating by the Super bowl champs was in 2007 they were found taping hand signals of their opponents which allowed them to already know what defense was going to be played before the snap. In both accusations, the commissioner of the NFL Roger Goodell botched both investigations only furthering the belief of an unjust league.

By: Evan Haras

 

Citations:

https://mic.com/articles/167645/is-the-super-bowl-rigged-heres-what-we-know#.tmwToHkqq Eric Lutz

http://www.thefixisin.net/nfl2016.html, Brian Tuohy

Live NFL Games through Twitter

In the United States, we truly do love our sports. As Texans, we especially love our football. This year Twitter decided to air Thursday Night Football games live streamed through their app. It may not seem as significant to the people who either don’t care for sports or for football but it was a bold and overall successful move for Twitter. As a beneficiary of the innovative new live streaming of NFL games, I’ve found it to be convenient in three main contexts to those who’ve used and experienced the live streaming as well. First, Thursday lands on a weekday, which means many people (regardless of the fact Thursday Night Football is usually aired in the late evenings) are at work, leaving work, or just arriving from work. Any which person which falls in any of those categories, yet not limited to, may not have direct access to watch their team play on a television. In that case, being able to stream the game directly to your phone through Twitter, even if it’s just a quick glimpse, won’t cause you to miss that 62-yard run for a touchdown! Second, if some of the NFL’s fan base wasn’t already active on Twitter, maybe the addition of that live stream would help those people become more engaged and interact among the app. Third, some people simply don’t have access to those channels, and what better way to remove the stress of not being able to obtain access to see the games you wish to by watching it for free while you’re on the go or at home. In the never-ending debate of the pros and cons of the rise time consumption one spends on social medias, the opportunity for live football through an app is to be listed as one of those pros. Social media doesn’t have to be simply for selfies or posting you saw a squirrel outside, but can play as a passageway for you to engage with the things you love.

Source credit: http://mtzhf.com/tnf-on-twitter-underwhelming/

NFL Changing Their Social Media Policy

By Tyler Plato

If you are a fan of football, which almost everybody in Texas is, then you know that the NFL doesn’t allow the teams to post videos of the game on social media during the game. It got to a point where the teams were posting videos of stick figures showing that they just got a touchdown or they got an interception. They weren’t even allowed to post a video of a touchdown celebration, even though everybody with a cell phone would, or they would get fined. Well, with the backlash from the fans, they have decided to change their policy again.

Photo by: DigitalTrends.com

Now the teams can post videos of touchdown celebrations, but still can’t post a video of that person running in for a touchdown or any in-game footage. They can post photos from the sidelines, of the fans and so on on social media and they are allowed to post a few videos of the game on Snapchat.

This may not seem like much, but it is big step. I bet in the future they will allow the teams to post videos, not of the entire game, of certain plays that are jaw dropping. I also see the NFL some how making a way for you to pay to watch the game on a social media platform such as Facebook. You can already live stream a game on Twitter for free, only for Thursday Night games though, but I can see them changing the policy on that to where you have to pay something to watch it.

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The NFL’s TV ratings have been down recently and I believe that them changing this policy might have something to do with that. They are doing everything they can to get those ratings up and I believe that this is a good first step to get people watching the games on TV again. But on the other hand, everything is moving to social media. So they might take a little loss on ratings and start streaming on more social media platforms to get those people who stopped watching the games start to watch the games again.

References:

Guthrie, Brinke. “The NFL Is Changing Its Social Media Policy Again.” Digital Trends. N.p., 04 Dec. 2016. Web.

“National Football League and Twitter Announce Streaming Partnership for Thursday Night Football   //.” National Football League and Twitter Announce Streaming Partnership for Thursday Night Football. N.p., n.d. Web.

NFL Stops Taking L’s By Allowing Their Teams To Create GIFs

By: William Branch
@VellyVell87

 

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Source: wikimediablog.org

Back in October the NFL released an addendum to their social media policy that would ban their teams from Live-Streaming (Periscope, Facebook Live, etc.) or record videos during games and posting it on social media. Also, teams were restricted from creating GIFs of game highlights. Violations would result in fines up to $25,000 initially and increasing to as much as $100,000 for additional violations.

According to CBS Sport’s Jason La Canfora, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones opposed the ruling, citing that the teams should be able to post videos of their games if the league can.

Teams had found a workaround, showing creative ways to express their displeasure with the policy.

The MLB has a twitter handle SPECIFICALLY for GIFs, but it is controlled through the league. As of yet the NFL does not have a handle or account on any social media site that is devoted to GIFs, but thanks to Google you can find them through sites like Giphy.

After a rocky season filled with low ratings the NFL has slightly relaxed those restrictions. A “test agreement” with Giphy has been put into effect that will last until June 2017. Under the agreement teams are allowed to make GIFs and video stream everything EXCEPT live game plays on the field. There had been a previous cap on the amount of videos teams could post per platform (8) but that has been increased to 16.

As GIFs have become a staple of social media sites, it is great to see the NFL finally embrace them… as well as live-streaming of their games. Either way it is nice to see NFL follow MLB’s lead in embracing the power of the GIF!

References

[@fitztepper] Tepper, Fitz. “NFL Teams Will Now Be Fined For Posting Videos And GIFs During Games.” TechCrunch. 11 Oct. 2016 https://techcrunch.com/2016/10/11/nfl-teams-will-now-be-fined-for-posting-videos-and-gifs-during-games/. Accessed 2 Dec. 2016.

[@fitztepper] Tepper, Fitz. “The NFL Will Reportedly Relax Their Social Media Rules So Teams Can Post More GIFs And Videos.” TechCrunch 2 Dec. 2016. https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/02/the-nfl-will-reportedly-relax-their-social-media-rules-so-teams-can-post-more-gifs-and-videos/. Accessed 2 Dec. 2016.

Rovell, Darren. “NFL Teams Can Be Fined For Posting Video Under New Social Media Policy.” ESPN, 9 Oct. 2016. http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/17750196/nfl-starts-new-social-media-policy-teams-fined-posting-video. Accessed 2 Dec. 2016.

No Fun League: NFL’s latest social media policy is ridiculous, to say the least

For years, the NFL has increased penalties and fines for players who celebrated after touchdowns. Ten years ago, players could dunk the ball through the goal post, do choreographed dances and even use the ball as a prop.

Now, all of those things have been outlawed. Not only will a player be flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct, but he will also be subject to a fine from the league.

A few weeks ago, the NFL took its ridiculous policies one step further, and put restrictions on team’s social media accounts. In years past, teams were able to make GIFs or videos of certain plays and share them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Not anymore.

If teams want to tweet a video or GIF of a play during the game, they will be subject to fines that start at $25,000. Many believe the new policy is a response to the decline in the NFL’s TV ratings, but in a statement to Sports Illustrated, the league denied that claim. In case you were wondering, viewership has dropped as much as 16 percent in the age demographic of 18-49, according to an article by Bloomberg. 

Some teams even began mocking the new policy. The Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles posted fake highlights using plastic toys to reenact plays. Needless to say, they think the rule is just as stupid as I do.

So here’s my two cents: the NFL is trying to halt the progression of the digital age, and is only continuing to hurt its reputation of not allowing anyone to have fun. It’s sad, really, and the consumers are to blame, too. Because Americans are so hooked on football, the NFL knows it can basically do anything it wants and not lose viewers/fans.

That was a long-winded way of me saying the new rule is stupid. It’s preposterous, egregious, and only hurts teams and fans. But much like everything else the NFL does, it’s unlikely this policy will be overturned and done away with, even if it is a clear attempt to get more people to watch games on cable networks.

Hopefully you all enjoy watching Legos catch football, because your Twitter feed is about to be inundated with them.