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  1. BadMoFo

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    From Reiss' Twitter page:

    That sucks, how can they even tell, especially with the tweeting? Do they take your cell phones?
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    I wonder if this an NFL mandate or just the Patriots. I know the NFL wanted to put a stop to blogging during games, as part of the copyright protection to their telecasts. The thing is no network would be hurt since these events aren't televised, but perhaps the policy was put in place to insure that there was no precedent set that the team or the NFL was condoning live blogging during an event.
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    I doubt they take away their cell phones but they could look at the sites of those members of the media that have been issued credentials. My guess is that they were warned that they will not be invited back if they are found to be blogging/tweeting live.
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    They can check their Twitter Pages. Plus there's a timestamp for each Tweet, so they'd know if it was done during the session.
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    I would think you'd want to keep the fans interested, especially during this point in the offseason. There is so little news coming out at this point that even these live blogging or tweets during mini-camps or OTAs, keeps some people interested. I know during training camp it's allowed.
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    Reiss needs to come out with a phoney Twitter page. ;)
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    Hey all --

    This is a very new policy...the way it was put to us is that a majority of other NFL teams don't allow live blogging/Tweeting from practice so the Pats decided to join the majority.

    They don't take our phones, but they do subscribe to all of our blogs/Twitter pages and I assume there would be some sort of reprimand if we were to post something during practice. If we leave practice to post, we can't return. We also can't call someone in our office and have them blog something for us.

    hope this helps...smy
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    Good policy. It's all about controlling the story. If a big name gets hurt in practice, you don't want a firestorm to erupt within seconds. Better off getting a head start with your own media soundbite.
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    The 180 degree shift to the Patriots NOT wanting real time twitter action now that the draft is over while the reporters DO want it is amusing. Having said that, I really don't get the logic behind the policy in general, although I can see certain situations (injury, 'secret' plays) where they'd want things to be a bit more circumspect.
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    The secret plays would be seen anyway...(the reason why the media sees a lot less during the season) It has to be about immediacy of things...I think it's odd though..I mean is there REALLY any reason? Other teams control it...so...likewise.
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    Maybe their worried one reporter will quote another reporter and get that reporter all bent out of shape because they were quoted on something the first reporter thought was off the record.
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    "The Patriots ask reporters the courtesy of following these guidelines:
    Please do not report on offensive or defensive strategy. This includes describing formations, personnel groups or non-conventional plays.
    Please do not quote, paraphrase or report the comments made by coaches or players during a practice session."
    Reiss noted these in his blog.....I wonder is THIS a new policy?? new words of what one CAN report on and NOT??? Why have reporters there at all??? Hmmmmm
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    Why has the NFL issued this restriction?

    Because they can.
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    THAT of course is the reason...and that is IF the reporters act like sheep...So..if ALL started to do that would they kick all reporters out?? THAT would be pretty silly...IF they acted en masse....they would have to change their policy..OR basically have none reporting on them.
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    These restrictions make sense.

    While I am sure we all would be greatly interested to read before the game that special teams spent extra time practicing onside kicks and the BB was overheard telling the team we are kicking an onside kick on our first kick off, that practice focused more on the running game than ussual and the team was practicing a play in which Brady latterals to Welker who then throws it down field to Moss. THIS NOT THE TYPE OF STUFF THE COACH OF THE OTHER TEAM SHOULD BE READING IN THE PAPER.
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    REALLY I WOULD NEVER HAVE GUESSED THAT WOULD BE A BAD THING!!
    No S***** Sherlock!!!
    Firstly...I didn't know there was a game on Sunday....Secondly, that is why most practices are closed during the season so things like that do NOT get out..and should NOT. But that is NOT the case here.
    These are OTAs..in June...NOT even training camp.
    I am curious if these restrictions were in place in other years and more formalized this year OR a new policy altogether. If they are new, I wonder what reporter's takes are on this...to restrict information is one thing to actually restrict what a reporter can SAY about something like practice to me goes a bit far.
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