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Pro Bowl 2012: Players will be allowed to tweet in-game — just this once

Chad Ochocinco, the NFL’s most vigorous tweeter, will be preparing for the Super Bowl, not the Pro Bowl. (Elise Amendola / AP)

No, really.

The NFL has relaxed its social media policy and will let players tweet before and during the game Sunday, although they won’t be running around with iPhones and Androids and BlackBerries tucked into their pants. The NFL, as is its wont, will impose some order — setting up a computer on each sideline and encouraging players to communicate with fans and other players.

Think about it: In-game trash tweeting may be only days away.

What should I tweet about doing the pro bowl game?Thu Jan 26 18:54:43 via Twitter for iPhoneLondon Fletcher

Rules for “real” games stipulate that players are barred from Twitter from 90 minutes before gametime until their media obligations are concluded. On Sunday, they’ll be allowed to use mobile devices before the game and at halftime. They will not be allowed to use Facebook and other platforms. The game, played in Aloha Stadium, is at 7 p.m. EST.

“This is an innovative way to further engage our fans who have an insatiable appetite for football,” Brian McCarthy, an NFL spokesman said.. “NFL players have been very active on social media and enjoying talking to fans. The nature of the Pro Bowl enables us to have players tweet during the game.”


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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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