OCNN? That’s right. Ochocinco News Network
The Cincinnati Bengals receiver is planning to form his own social news network on Twitter, using his player contacts around the league to develop news about other teams. The idea grew out of his partnership with Motorola, which will provide the technology.
He’s dubbed the venture OCNN, for the Ochocinco News Network. He will try to compete with mainstream media to tell fans what’s going on with NFL teams.
He’s even got a slogan.
“If I break it, you might as well believe it,” Ochocinco told The Associated Press in a phone interview.
I wonder who he will use as a contact from the Jets. If I had to guess, I would say Kerry Rhodes since Kerry is also a Twitter beast.
If I’m the brass of the Bengals and I’m hearing about one of my players doing this, I gotta ask why? It’s not like Chad is putting up HUGE numbers. If I was Chad, I’d be putting most of my extra time on in the books or on the field. But hey, that’s just me.
I almost have to assume that Chad has a team working for him to put out the news. There is no way one guy could do this on his own. I wonder why the players would help out Ocho. It looks like Chad is partnering with Motorola to make this an official venture.
The details are sparse, but it seems the plan is to equip players with Motorola phones and have them Tweet out news before the major networks get wind of it. How that’s different from simply using Twitter as he does now is unclear, but perhaps there will be a centralized site aggregating all these Tweets. It’s a move that’s likely to further anger the NFL, which has been caught in a cat and mouse game over Ochocinco’s Twitter use.