The National Football League and more specifically its website, NFL.com, does not allow bloggers or any other writer to embed videos found on their site. The NFL is extremely protective of their product and has an exclusive agreement with Yahoo! which allows only that site the ability to embed videos. However, there are many ways that you can get around this issue and still show your friends that amazing play from Sunday.
Link to Twitter. Despite the fact that the NFL does not allow embedding of their videos they still feature the Twitter tool which allows you to link the video into your own tweet. The tool is found just below every video and, upon clicking it, prompts you to enter your screen name and password. From there the video will be linked to your twitter account, allowing your friends to find the link from there.
Like on Facebook. Along with the Twitter tool, NFL.com also features the Facebook "Like" tool underneath all their videos. Clicking this tool will either prompt you to sign into Facebook, or, if you are already signed in, it will automatically appear as an update on your page, also allowing your friends to find the link.
Check Youtube to see if an embeddable clip is available. Though they do not often last long, Youtube clips of recent plays are more often than not readily available. If you are able to find the clip that you seek, you will be able to click on the "Embed" button underneath the video. This will produce several lines of code which you can copy and then paste into your desired location. Keep in mind that the NFL takes down these clips fairly quickly, however, so you should plan to show this video as soon as possible.
Tips & Warnings
- NFL.com just recently switched to Adobe Flash, so if you don't have the latest version of this program you may need to update your computer in able to view their videos.
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