Why NFL teams are not posting their post-game locker room video on YouTube
More than 2,300 players, coaches, executives and others have signed a petition calling for the league to take down videos of players or teams that post the locker room after games.
“This is the kind of content that gets played on social media and gets posted by fans,” Tom Rathman, president of the National Football League Players Association, told The Associated Press in an interview on Monday.
“That’s the kind that is making it difficult for players and the league.”
The NFL is in the midst of a public relations and marketing blitz to counter what it calls “fake news” and fake media, which has grown exponentially in the past year.
The league, which also runs the NFL Network, the NFL Mobile app and the NFL RedZone app, has spent $20 million on social-media advertising to counteract fake news.
But the league has struggled to contain the growing online presence of the league, its fans and advertisers, especially after it was revealed in December that Trump and other Trump-linked groups had spent $40 million on ads during the 2016 presidential election.
In February, the league said it would be using video-sharing site Vine to post locker room videos to YouTube as well as Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter to “counter the viral growth of fake news.”
“We are committed to making sure that our players, our coaches and our teams can be themselves on the field, and that they can enjoy the game,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement at the time.
The petition has been signed by players, officials, coaches and executives of NFL teams from across the league.
Players are also demanding that the league remove the posts.
Players say the videos are being posted in a way that makes them appear fake, because the players are wearing their locker room gear and it is not real.
“I think it’s the worst kind of propaganda,” said defensive end Malik Jackson, who signed the petition.
“You have to understand that it’s a very, very, highly curated environment.
You’re not allowed to take off your uniform.
You don’t get to have your own locker room.””
If we were going to post it, I think it would look like it was shot in an old video camera,” defensive end Dion Jordan said.
“I think that’s how you do it.
You have to go to the bathroom, take off, then come back to the lockerroom.
You can’t just leave your locker room.
It’s like you’re doing it to yourself.”
Rathman said the petition is a response to the NFL Players Association and other groups who have raised the issue of fake content and fake videos on social and mobile platforms.
“The league is not going to have to make a decision on that until we have an answer from the league,” Rathman said.
The NFL has not responded to the petition, which was circulated through social media sites in late February.
“If the league is going to take a step, and it has to be a small step, like it did with Twitter and Snapchat, they should also take a big step,” Rathm said.
“At the end of the day, we all are watching and if there is a way to be more transparent and honest, I am supportive of that.”
The petition, signed by more than 1,100 people, is still open for signatures.