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NFL.com uses injuries to promote fantasy football

Posted on: September 22, 2011 11:00 pm
 
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Posted by Ryan Wilson

In the days leading up to the regular-season opener, Texans running back and defending NFL rushing champ Arian Foster, upon finding out that fans were only interested in his well being because it had huge implications for their fantasy football team, tweeted "You people are sick."

But it's not just the fantasy players who suffer from this affliction, it's the fantasy providers, too. Take, for instance, the front page of NFL.com (see the photo to the right), which found a way to not only promote its fantasy offerings, but revel in the grave misfortunes of others while doing so. Specifically, Chiefs' running back Jamaal Charles, whose season is over after blowing out his knee last Sunday against the Lions.

To recap: the fantasy football player who drafted Charles is the victim here. How dare Jamaal ruin their season.

No need to worry, though! You can "start again" because "it's not too late." Well, unless you're the real Charles. Then again, he now has a whole bunch of free time to play fantasy football. So in that sense, everybody wins.

So while this isn't as egregious as the NFL getting all sanctimonious about illegal hits and then selling photographs of said hits, it's close. Either way, Vikings punter Chris Kluwe (and friend of the Pick-6 Podcast) is unimpressed.

via SB Nation

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 7:34 am
 

NFL.com uses injuries to promote fantasy football




Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 9:25 am
 

NFL.com uses injuries to promote fantasy football

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tomlye
Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 4:17 pm
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Since: Oct 21, 2011
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Since: Aug 12, 2009
Posted on: September 24, 2011 4:02 pm
 

NFL.com uses injuries to promote fantasy football

You'll probably get hate mail for saying what you did but you are right on the money! They are nothing but entertainers, overpaid at that. Nobody cares about their real lives, just score me points on Sunday!



Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: September 23, 2011 1:12 pm
 

NFL.com uses injuries to promote fantasy football

I think its bad advertising for sure, but I have a question about the NFLPA. Their logo is right there in the lower right of this ad. Now, is that just a requirement for anyone who uses an NFL players pic? Or does the NFLPA actually have the ability to "review" any ads or promotional items before they are published? If I was the NFLPA I would sure want to take a look at what the players pictures were being used to promote, and I would want the right to yank anything I didnt think was proper use of one of those pics...and I'll bet they do have that power.

So my question is, isn't the NFLPA right there with the NFL in using Charles' injury to promote NFL.com Fantasy Football? 



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2011 12:57 pm
 

Isn't fantasy football gambling?

How can the NFL say that it forbids gambling on games and then promote fantasy football?  I would think there would be less of a chance of a game being 'fixed' point spread wise then fixed as to deciding who is going to take the ball in from the one yard line.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: September 23, 2011 12:36 pm
 

NFL.com uses injuries to promote fantasy football

It really doesn't seem all that bad....



Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2011 8:30 am
 

NFL.com uses injuries to promote fantasy football

That's fucked up...



Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: September 23, 2011 7:51 am
 

NFL.com uses injuries to promote fantasy football

I agree, TallWhite.  Despite being a Packers fan, Kluwe is one of my favoirte players in the league.  The guy comes across as incredibly intelligent and also funny.


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