NFL owners, owners of NFL Network, owners have been told to leave the NFL auction site
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The owners of the NFL Network and NFL Network Now, the parent company of NFL.com, have been notified they cannot compete on the NFL’s auction site.
The NFL announced Tuesday that it was shutting down the NFL.tv website, and the NFL Live streaming service.
The move came after the owners of both websites, which include a wide variety of sports content, met in a closed-door meeting in New York City on Monday and voted unanimously to shut down their sites.
The owners of each NFL Network team voted Tuesday to “suspend” their online broadcasts.
The announcement from the league said the teams are taking action because “the NFL does not have the ability to operate a truly online auction.”
“We believe it is critical for us to work collaboratively with our partners to continue to develop our content, including live streaming,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.
“The owners also believe it would be in the best interests of our players and fans to have a fully functional online auction platform.”NFL Network owners had been seeking a buyer for the NFL through an auction site called ebay.com.
The auction site allows the NFL to buy up to 15 percent of the bid for a particular item on a website, in this case the bid to buy the Cleveland Browns quarterback, Josh McCown.
In a statement, ebay chief executive officer David Marcus said the NFL “does not have an adequate platform” for bidding on a player’s contract.
“In an attempt to bring the NFL closer to the people, we are suspending our NFL Live stream and NFL.TV online streaming services, which provide our fans with live video of every NFL game for the benefit of our fans and partners,” Marcus said.
The move came as the league is under scrutiny for the handling of the Michael Vick arrest.
The league said it will begin requiring its players to wear a helmet during a season and will continue to implement a policy prohibiting players from wearing masks in stadiums.
The NFLPA also has been pushing for the league to remove the helmet penalty from its contract with players.
The teams announced that they would continue to support each other on social media.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
The owners of the NFL Network and NFL Network Now, the parent company of NFL.com, have been notified they cannot…
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