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THE QUESTION

Regulating NFL Tweets

If you were NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, how would you handle the NFL player's Twitter policy?

Posted by Emil Steiner on August 24, 2009 6:00 AM
FROM THE PANEL

The Chris Cooley Rule

You can do a lot of harm in 140 characters but you can do a lot of good too.

Posted by Jason Maloni, on August 25, 2009 9:04 AM

Much Ado About Tweeting

Once again the NFL is trying to stifle players' personalities off the field and on it.

Posted by Matt Loede, on August 24, 2009 3:54 PM

Twitter Thought Police

With the rules for communication already established - vis-à-vis what's punishable and what's not -- having a policy addressing Twitter spanks of overkill.

Posted by Chris Richardson, on August 24, 2009 12:12 PM

NFL Control Freaks

I see no need for the NFL to bother itself with worrying what guys are "tweeting" so long as they aren't doing it in the huddle.

Posted by Jason Brewer, on August 24, 2009 9:39 AM

Goodell Better Recognize

A commonsense policy is obviously needed. After all, you don't see other top companies banning their employees from using Twitter.

Posted by Matt Infante, on August 24, 2009 9:14 AM

Don't Fear the Tweeter

Just have players register their accounts and then let the new tool work its magic.

Posted by Joe Baker, on August 24, 2009 8:51 AM

Tweet Nazi Cometh?

Let the players police themselves, and if someone steps out of line, poof! "NO TWEETS FOR YOU!!"

Posted by Nick Houllis, on August 24, 2009 7:53 AM

A Time to Tweet

Rather than just fine players, I would establish a policy saying players who tweet during games will have their accounts deactivated. Other times, it's up to the teams.

Posted by Larry Brown, on August 24, 2009 7:24 AM

Twitter Not the Enemy

Twitter doesn't need any special rules surrounding its use, just keep doling out the fines like anything else.

Posted by Joel Thorman, on August 24, 2009 7:10 AM

Not While Working

Beyond that, Twitter policy should be left up to the individual teams and coaches.

Posted by Sean Yuille, on August 24, 2009 6:50 AM

Treat Tweets Like Speech

If tweets carry the same repercussions as a talking to the press, players will think before Twittering something nasty tweet about play-calling.

Posted by John Gennaro, on August 24, 2009 6:44 AM

Not Goodell's Problem

Tweet away fellas; I've got a CBA to negotiate.

Posted by Ryan Van Bibber, on August 24, 2009 6:35 AM

Control the Tweets

By monitoring NFL Tweets, the league could provide its players with a service more of us need: a filter between us and our impulses.

Posted by John Morgan, on August 24, 2009 6:31 AM

Information Monitors

The NFL should create new positions called Information Monitors, a collection of league officials monitoring all information from players through social networking media.

Posted by Josh Kirkendall, on August 24, 2009 6:22 AM

Teams Should Regulate

Put teams in charge of approving each post a player wants to put on Twitter.

Posted by Jimmy Morris, on August 24, 2009 6:16 AM

Look to NFL Films

My policy would look much in the same way that the league handles NFL Films.

Posted by Joe Reedy, on August 24, 2009 6:02 AM

FEATURED COMMENTS

toughguy8: The NFL should be spending its energy keeping the players out of jail and not off of the internet. Does anyone really care what Chad86 tweet...

pjohn2: Treat it the same as other employers. No personal or outside business while on the clock (games, practice, etc.). Bunch of jerks who think t...

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