As we all know, 2009 has been a year of growth for Twitter. It seems like anyone who is anyone is updating their tweets frequently and that’s including high-profiled athletes from around the globe. Here in the U.S. athletes, coaches and other team personnel who are part of either the NBA, NHL, or NFL, have all been given restrictions when using their Twitter and other social media accounts.
This has recently caused some controversy, questioning if leagues are violating the First Amendment, which protects the Freedom of Speech. Twitter actually falls under the First Amendment, but after a little bit of research, there can be restrictions as long as there are alternative methods available. At the current time, the NBA has banned teams from using social media sites 45 minutes before, during and after the game, while the NFL will not allow twittering 90 minutes prior to the game until press interviews are done afterwards. The NHL has said there is to be no Twittering from 30 minutes before the game until the game is over. (more…)