Free text message access to NFL players is coming soon.
But not all players will get to access it in the near future.
On Monday, the NFL released a draft of rules changes that will allow NFL players to use text messages to reach fans.
NFL players have access to texts to communicate with friends, family and fellow fans via text message since the 2014 season.
The NFL’s new text messaging rules apply to players from both teams.
For players from each team, text messages are only allowed for text messages that are not the official communication of the team.
The draft rules also limit the use of text messaging in the locker room, while players from the opposing team will still be able to use it.
For teams, text messaging is only allowed during certain times of the day.
There are no restrictions on the use during certain other times of day, such as after a game.
The new rules were announced at the NFL Annual Meeting in Chicago on Tuesday.
The league says the new rules will “improve our communications with our fans, promote fan engagement, and enhance the fan experience on the field.”
It’s unclear how many teams will be affected by the new text message rules.