CREATED Sep. 3, 2013
The pre-season is officially behind us, and while some youthful hopefuls are licking their wounds others are getting stocked, locked and ready to rock as part of the 2013-14 roster.
And I’m not just talking about football.
This year’s rookie squad (ok and let’s face it, some veterans) not only need to master the playbooks, they also need to master the league’s and Green Bay Packers’ social media policies.
In 2009, Commissioner Roger Goodell instituted an official NFL social media policy outlining when players, coaches, team personnel and officials can post to their personal social media accounts, and what they can say.
The policy states:
Additionally, there is a mandatory black out to personal social media accounts both 90 minutes before and after the game.
It’s natural for players, their families and fans alike to use social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook to vent or express gratitude, and in reality that’s what makes social media platforms amazing.
The real-time connections and emotion sharing with seemingly untouchable athletes, enhances the life-long bond between fans and their idols.
But for the doe-eyed green and gold newbies who are trying to achieve “big league” status, and running their mouths online, it could also cost them a lengthy salary deduction or worse yet, suspension - none of which the Packers, and the Packers faithful, are willing to endure this season.
Now, let’s sit back and enjoy the 2013-14 social media season!
Scroll through the media gallery to see your Packers tweeters, and Packers who don't tweet - the roster of your Green Bay Packers.