The NFL's Videotape Rule is Clear

by Thaiphoon
(Virginia)

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?

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You're making...my point!
by: fldodreams

The above rule ("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.") illustrates perfectly, that the only wrong doing by Belichick was WHERE he taped from. There is no rule governing that you can't tape period. The press has created a monster out of this. The disgression was the semantical location from where the Patriots taped, but according to the rule itself, it doesn't prohibit the kind of taping they did, just the locations NOT TO DO IT FROM.

Lets end the so called controversy and lets move on!


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