Pat McAfee rips the NFL after the league bans him from using his graphics on his show
1. The NFL’s bullying tactics never cease to amaze.
No league has more rules about how its content can be used than the NFL. The No Fun League makes no exceptions for anyone, not even a former player who promotes the league to a massive audience every day.
According to Pat McAfee, the league is cracking down on its use of NFL graphics on its daily YouTube show.
McAfee broke the news to his audience Monday as only he can.
“The American Football League will wrap up its eighth week of its riveting prime-time schedule as the Cincinnati Football Club travels to Cleveland to take on the Cleveland Football Club and many people might be wondering, ‘Pat, on this particular Halloween, why are you talking the way you’re talking about the league you’ve been talking about for the last three years?’ McAfee asked. “Well, the reason I’m doing this is because even though we currently have a rights deal with the NFL that’s worth millions and millions of dollars, we were informed this morning that we can no longer use any of their logos. en any of our charts.”
McAfee released a graphic for tonight’s Bengals-Browns game that looked like this:
McAfee then revealed that his show has paid more than $4 million for the rights to broadcast NFL highlights.
He also issued this warning to the league: “It’s been great doing business with you. I’m glad we covered your league the way we did the last few years. I appreciate the league and everything it has done. I don’t think we touched on a lot of topics that we could have delved into and I think we will this offseason, for sure. Things I know a lot about, that my friends know a lot about, like insurance and CTE [chronic traumatic encephalopathy] and concussions and all that. I think we can find people to talk to, to learn more about what the NFL should be responsible for and what it shouldn’t be responsible for because I thought the whole deal with the NFL. [cough]the American Football League, I’m very sorry, what I wanted to get involved with was to make the game happen.”
McAfee concluded his speech by saying, “I wanted to celebrate everything that the professional American Football League was. We did it in a way that I guess we don’t have to do even though we paid millions and millions of dollars to the league , we played in the league, we were inducted into the league’s Hall of Fame, but we can’t have any. logos on the graphics, because obviously some lawyer in this building is a piece of shit…”.
McAfee had cryptically alluded to the NFL edict on Twitter before his show began Monday.
I know there are going to be a lot of you who take a “rules are rules” attitude about this, and I understand that the NFL can do whatever they want, because there is nothing more powerful in this country, but for the league to do it . picking this fight with McAfee is pathetic.
Consider the example McAfee gave in the clip above. The NFL is literally banning McAfee’s show from airing a Bengals and Browns helmet while promoting tonight’s. Monday night football game on ESPN.
The NFL must have more important things to worry about and more nefarious people to chase.
Despite McAfee’s enormous popularity and power, this won’t hurt the NFL, because nothing can hurt the NFL. But it will be VERY interesting if McAfee follows through on his idea to start covering the negative aspects of the NFL.
2. One of the issues the NFL should focus on more than McAfee is the referees, who don’t even know which teams are playing.
3. We also had an NFL referee give us a new catchphrase during Sunday’s Steelers-Eagles game.
4. It’s not often you see a team go crazy after a sixth game win of the season, but when you start 0–5, you have to let it go after that first W, which the Lakers did Sunday night in celebrating Darvin Ham’s first win. as head coach.
5. I know nothing about the NHL, but if there is a more honest head coach than Darryl Sutter of the Flames, let me know.
6. This week’s SI Media Podcast includes a conversation with Sports business magazineJohn Ourand on the latest sports media news. Topics covered include:
• Amazon is in decline Thursday night football ratings
• Jim Nantz out, Ian Eagle into NCAA tournament
• World Series qualifying issues
• ManningCast perspective
• NFL Sunday Ticket Update
The show closes with my weekly “Traina Thoughts” segment with Sal Licata, where we discuss a terrible game loss, the World Series and Taylor Swift.
You can also see the SI Media Podcast on YouTube.
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