The NFL's Videotape Rule is Clear
The rule is NOT ambiguous people...
It clearly states on Page 105 of the Game Operations Manual the following;
"no video recording devices of any kind are permitted to be in use in the coaches' booth, on the field, or in the locker room DURING THE GAME."
What you are referring to is the MEMO that was sent out on Sept. 6, 2007 which reiterated the following in more strong terms;
"Videotaping of any type, including but not limited to TAPING OF AN OPPONENT'S OFFENSIVE OR DEFENSIVE SIGNALS, IS PROHIBITED on the sidelines, in the coaches' booth, in the locker room or at any other locations accessible to club staff members during the game." Editor's Note:
I agree with you and I think what Belichick did was wrong and he knew it. BUT, why does all the NFL rules/guidance limit the prohibition on videotaping signals to certain places? Why don't they just simply say -- teams can't videotape opponents signals during the game. period. why the weasel words?