Can anyone tell me what in the world the NFL is thinking with their new policy (actually announced last month) that prohibits news organizations from posting any more than 45 seconds per day of video shot at a team’s facilities, including news conferences, interviews and practice-field reports on their websites?

The idea, supposedly, is to drive more viewers to the official websites of the leagues and teams to get exclusive news and video clips.

This means that on-camera locker room reports on outlets such as WBZ-TV’s website will be severely limited starting this season, as well as training camp reports and so forth. Media outlets can do unlimited on-site, on-camera reports, but cannot show action or players, even in the background.

It just doesn’t make sense to me why the NFL would want less of its product and personalities out there available for the public to view. The desire to improve traffic to their own network of sites is understandable, but this action seems at first glance to be taking things a bit too far.

A Houston Chronicle columnist, John McClain created a satirical video on the topic which can be seen here below to the right. (Click on the video to play)

http://services.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/716758716
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Like most people we’ll be off tomorrow, so enjoy the day and check back in on Thursday. Remember that you can always go to RedSoxLinks.com and the other links dashboards (all are linked together) to keep up with the latest headlines from the world of Boston sports.

David E. Frank in Massachusetts Lawyer Weekly has an interesting article on the events that led to the public apology by WEEI and Dennis & Callahan over comments they made about the Doyle family.

Bob Ryan enjoyed himself at Fenway last night.

David Doyle makes his Yahoo! Sports debut with a column on Somerville’s Ken Florian, who will be on the Ultimate Fighting Championship main card in Sacramento this weekend.

Vinnie Iyer says that the Patriots appear to be the NFL team with the fewest holes.

Bucky Brooks looks at the challenges facing each team in the AFC East.

Leonard Shapiro looks at Bud Collins’ last breakfast at Wimbledon.

Mike Fine notes that the Celtics won’t have any problem scoring with the addition of Ray Allen, but stopping the opposition might be an issue.

Jim Fenton has Allen eager to mentor the Celtics young players.

Alan Siegel has a look at Haverhill High’s Carlos Pena, having the best season of his career with the Devil Rays.

Bob Stern has Jacoby Ellsbury making a quick impression with the Red Sox.

Teddy Panos weighs in on Julio Lugo, Coco Crisp and the trades for Ray Allen and Manny Fernandez.

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Tonight

7:00pm, NESN – Devil Rays @ Red Sox

Tomorrow:

1:00pm, NESN – Devil Rays @ Red Sox
7:00pm, ESPN – Indians @ Tigers

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