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Live-Blogging Still Not Allowed By NFL

Just in from Cowboys media and other sources, the NFL has reenacted the “no live blogging” rule again this year which basically doesn’t allow anyone in the actual press section of an NFL game to blog live while watching the game. 

I know the NFL has always had the warning/disclaimer about rebroadcasting or any other representation of a game without written permission from the NFL, but with the new rise of sports blogging, it seems practically unavoidable for bloggers to try to get the most current analysis they can on their sites.  For example, I did a sort of “running blog” during the Cowboys-Giants divisional playoff game, but actually edited it down to one overall summary at the end.  Would this have violated NFL rules? 

Whether this applies to persons such as myself or any other private blogger is still unclear.  There is something about being “sufficiently time-delayed” and “limited to less than 10 paragraphs” so as not to approximate any play-by-play account of the game.

In a reportedly new update of the 45-second rule, the NFL and the Cowboys are allowing the media to now post up to 90-seconds per day of live team coverage on the internet, per ProFootballTalk.com.   

In team news today, Chris Canty has signed his 1-year, $2 million restricted free agent offer, but is still working on a long-term deal while S Ken Hamlin has yet to sign his.  Canty, unlike Hamlin, has attended all of the voluntary workouts and will be at the upcoming manadatory mini-camp next week.  Hamlin, who has a one-year, $4.3 million franchise-player offer for this year, has not participated in any workouts to date and contract talks are in progress.  He has until the 15th to sign the offer or the Cowboys can actually lower the amount.  It’s likely something will be done by then.

 

 


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