Every Team Tapes
by NFL Fan -- Glen Tompkins
(Salt Lake, Utah)
You know nothing about competitive football. Every team tapes the game and the signal callers to attempt to steal signals. Every team. It is part of the game you don't understand.
The specific nature of the rule allows a team to tape any part of the game as long as the taping is done "within an enclosed portion of the stadium." The patriots broke this rule and videotaped from the field. So the mere fact that they videotaped is not cheating.
Every team videotapes to try to decipher the other teams signal calling, much in the same way bench coaches in baseball try to detect opposing teams signals to see if a specific play is on.
Media outlets such as yourself need to put away the conspiracy theories and make this distinction. The location the patriots used for the videotaping was the rule breaker not the videotaping itself.