The Twitter accounts of Deadspin and SB Nation were reinstated after they were suspended Monday, but who is to blame for the suspension in the first place? Some called out Major League Baseball (MLB), and others said it was the National Football League (NFL).
Since the MLB playoffs kicked off Friday, many thought that organization was to blame, especially since it is notorious for being strict with media copyrights, Awful Announcing reported Monday. But the suspension might have stemmed from the NFL’s commissioner, Roger Goodell, according to Gawker Media managing editor Lacey Donohue.
Donohue wrote that the NFL might have complained about a problem concerning the Digital Media Copyright Act. She tweeted: “RE: @Deadspin: per the notice from Twitter, it looks like it's the NFL.” The post was shared dozens of times.
— Simon Ostler (@SimonOstler) October 12, 2015
Interestingly, the NFL and Twitter partnered in August, CNN Money wrote. "Twitter users and brands cannot get enough NFL video and news, and they'll now get more of it, and faster, than ever before," Glenn Brown, head of Twitter Content Partnerships, said in a press statement. They already partnered in 2013, but the newer partnership promised Twitter users would "have access to significantly more official NFL content than in the past, including in-game highlights from preseason through Super Bowl 50.”
ESPN sports commentator Keith Olbermann offered his account to Deadspin and began to tweet articles on behalf of the sports website. The first post he shared was about ESPN shelving its Kevin Johnson documentary.
Earlier in the day, Olbermann was one of the people who thought the MLB was responsible. He referenced the MLB playoff game where Los Angeles Dodgers player Chase Utley slid into New York Mets second baseman Ruben Tejada in Game 2 and broke the latter's leg. “So, #Utley broke a guy's leg and got suspended by MLB for 2 games, but @Deadspin tweeted a GIF and MLB got them suspended indefinitely?” Olbermann wondered.
The NFL has not issued a statement.
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