The old line is that NFL stands for “No Fun League.” It is a tired joke but it endures because of its essential truth. Which brings us to this, from Darren Rovell:
According to two league memos obtained by ESPN, teams no longer can shoot video inside the stadium during the game and post it on social media, nor can they use Facebook Live, Periscope or any other app to stream anything live within the stadium.
Teams also can’t take highlights of what happens on the field and make it their own by using their own video or posting highlights from television directly to social media. Teams also can’t turn highlights into GIFs (graphic interchange formats).
The NFL is doing this because it wants all that video content to be hosted on the team websites, which makes a lot of sense given that this is the year 2004, and social media is a passing fad.
But rules are rules, so NFL fans will just have to get their NFL GIFs from every single account on the internet except for those of NFL teams.