Via Foul Balls, we learn of a ridiculous new media rule from the NFL. In yet another example of leagues trying to somehow herd the pouty kitten that is the Internets, the league is attempting to limit media outlets to no more than 45 seconds of NFL related video content on the Web every day.

In a move designed to protect the Internet operations of its 32 teams, the pro football league has told news organizations that it will no longer permit them to carry unlimited online video clips of players, coaches or other officials, including video that the news organizations gather themselves on a team's premises. News organizations can post no more than 45 seconds per day of video shot at a team's facilities, including news conferences, interviews and practice-field reports.

That's right: Even if the media outlet films the players themselves โ€” during sessions in which they have been invited to report โ€” they can't exceed 45 seconds.


In the above video, Houston Chronicle columnist / blogger / video maven John McClain satirizes the new rule quite amusingly. We'd write more about this idiotic new maxim, but we don't want to run out of tโ€”โ€”โ€”

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