Wednesday, July 25, 2007

NPPA takes on the NFL

The NFL and news media are currently butting heads on two separate issues...(1) the use of any video in regard to the NFL or its players, and (2) the policy for the upcoming season that will require photographers on the sidelines to wear red vests adorned with the logos of two NFL sponsor corporations, Reebok and Canon.

These are both heated debates. Many venues already required the use of vests and/or armbands or other means of identifying credentialed media members.If the vests are as pictured on, I dont have a big problem with them. I at least would hardly describe someone wearing them as a "walking billboard," unless you want to say the billboard is an ad for the NFL. In all honesty, if I had a problem with these vests, I'd have to have a problem wearing an Izod shirt or anything with a little logo, because that's about the size of them. I personally have no desire to become a walking advertisement, especially since Canon is one of the sponsors, and The Times uses Nikon! Not to mention, how is my wife going to find me on the sidelines watching games on televison from home if we're all wearing the same thing?! Seriously, journalists are supposed to be objective, and running around the sidelines with advertisements on our backs could make our credibility look even more questionable in already dubious times. But of course, as photo editor Mike Silva likes to say, "I work for a living." I applaud the NPPA for fighting the NFL's latest decree.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle makes a mockery of the NFL's new online media policy in a video segment on his employer's Web site...pretty funny.

Here's some recent articles.

New NFL Vest Rule (With Sponsor Logos) Has Some Seeing Red
NPPA Asks NFL To Reconsider Logos on Vests
Under NFL Rule, Media Web Sites Are Given Just 45 Seconds to Score



Stephen Hall 7/28/2007 8:34 AM  

The Times should get with the program and let you sports photogs use the #1 sports and action camera system in the world, CANON

No, I don't think that the NFL should force any one to wear the billboards without choice....But CANON would definitely be the one to choose...LOL

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