The Fansided network and the people who work for it all have two things in common: they love sports and they love discussing said sport through the power of social media. Specifically, it is a huge outlet for writers to express their feelings about a team and build their fan(follow)-base by meeting other hardcore fans. is also a great tool for everyday folk to contact their favourite players – but those days may be numbered when they don’t have to be.
The National Hockey League has now installed a social media policy, which will have every player carefully watching what they say online – thus causing each player to post less and giving us fans less insight into the world of professional hockey.
The NHL is one of the last professional leagues to install this program and that could be, as Lightning forward Nate Thompson says, because “guys are pretty cautious about the whole thing. They’re not messing round too much on their phones before or after games.”
Sites like Twitter and Facebook will now be blacked out to players starting two hours before the game. These sites will not again go live for players until all post-game media obligations are complete. The blackout period for operations staff begins at 11 AM on game days.
It seems unnecessary for the NHL to make this move as not many newsworthy events have occurred on Twitter involving their players. Steven Stamkos was quoted by media saying that he uses Twitter to connect with fans and let them know what he’s up to that day – and the fans truly appreciate small gestures like that. It allows us all to feel more like a part of their team.