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Sean Yuille

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The biggest problem with any Twitter policy is that you don't want to take away too much of a players' freedom, but at the same time you don't want them to be too free, either. That's why I think the NFL's lone rule should be that players can't use Twitter while they are on the job. Many teams already have this rule and impose fines if players are caught Tweeting while they are working, and while it would be interesting to get an inside view from players during games or practices, I would rather have them be focused on football.

Beyond that, I believe it should be left up to the individual teams for any further rules. I imagine some would rather have a single policy that covers everyone, but I think allowing each team to decide how Twitter can be used would be a better idea. Most individual teams' rules depend on the personality of the coach, and I'm sure that would extend to policies on Twitter as well. If he absolutely hates the idea of Twitter, then he can ban it altogether. On the other hand, if there is a coach that loves to see interaction with the fans (like Pete Carroll in the college world), then he can just go with the NFL policy and not worry about Twitter at all.

Aside from the rules about using Twitter, one thing I would really like to see is players have to get verified before they start Tweeting. There are tons of phonies out there pretending to be NFL players, and getting people verified when they first create their profile would essentially eliminate that problem.

By Sean Yuille  |  August 24, 2009; 6:50 AM ET  | Category:  Roger Goodell , Twitter Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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The commissioner should have come out with a ban on twittering once the kick off starts and until the clock runs out, period.

Any player that doesn't understand that should receive a one game suspension...I know I don't want to see a player twittering while the game is in progress...

Posted by: pentagon40 | August 24, 2009 10:40 PM

Next thing you know is that when a linebacker coach or qb coach wants to say something to a player he has to interrupt this player while he is twittering...

If a player is twittering then he is not paying attention to why he is there...THE GAME....Just like twittering while driving...something is not being paid attention to....

I blame the commissioner for not nipping this in the bud....next thing you know NBA players will be doing this while on the bench....

Posted by: pentagon40 | August 24, 2009 10:44 PM

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