Viral Redskins Videos (UPDATED)
Updated: Forget it. As of about 5 pm, maybe five-and-a-half hours after I put up this entry, I was told to take down all the videos, on advice of counsel. So forget all the rest of this. I lose. They win. They're all my daddies. I give up.
Yesterday I posted an innocuous, brief video of two screaming Redskins fans from the opening day of training camp. Never once did my camera stray anywhere close to a sector of Redskins Park where football players might be seen. All you could see was five diehard Skins fans, screaming. Five faces. Sweaty faces, but still, just faces. We could have been in the parking lot of a Costco.
But this is 2008, and this is the Redskins, and videos of fans screaming at football practice are exclusively the property of the Redskins. I mean, this isn't that hard a policy to understand: no video clips from Redskins Park, featuring anything of burgundy and gold substance, shall be posted. None. Nada. Zip. Zorn.
Unless, of course, we're talking about the Web sites of Comcast SportsyNet. Or WRC. Or WUSA. Or Chris Cooley. Or Fox 5, which posted an online video of THE EXACT SAME FAN! Then it's fine. (WJLA, thankfully, has remained pure of on-field Web video.)
So yeah, I was told my video had to come down. And come down it did. The official explanation, approximately, is that the TV stations are permitted to post video because they are TV stations and video is their core business. The Washington Post is a newspaper and newspapering is its core business. Well, that and test prep, I guess. Not sure why we're paying all those people to staff the Web site, that being the case. In fact, not sure why we're paying me to blog, since this clearly isn't our core business.
But heck with all that. I'll just take all those other peoples' videos! I mean, there they are, on the Internet! Nothing can possibly go wrong with this plan! It's online Redskins videopalooza! Hey, I'll even throw in a video from the official Redskins Blog for good measure! Theft is always preferable to actual work! Theft should be our core business!
By late this afternoon, expect the NFL to have banned embeddable videos from the universe.
(That, friends, was the first sports prediction I have ever nailed on the dot in my life.)
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