The Jets are now being questioned on if they broke an NFL Rule by having a camera man on the sideline. I know, teams want to hit the team that is down (us) and for good reason. We were the team to rat out the Patriots for ‘Spy-Gate’ years back.
The image, appearing on the screen for only an instant at the start of the second quarter over the shoulder of offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, seems to reflect a clear violation of league rules.
Specifically, the NFL Game Operations Manual states that “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,” and that “all video shooting locations must be enclosed on all sides with a roof overhead.” - More
So I don’t see anything over his head. Should be interesting to see if the Jets get slapped for this one.
The Jets claim this is allowed:
Jets on cameraman on sideline: “The cameraman in the picture works for Jets TV+shoots footage for our tm programming.” Allowed per NFL rules
10/11/11 9:50 AM
Jets say they complied with NFL rules RT @ProFootballTalk: Image of Jets employee with sideline camera creates stir http://t.co/iAupSFqq
10/11/11 9:48 AM
NFL rules allow “club video crews + video crews from TV stations that produce + telecast club-licensed programing” to “be permitted to…”
10/11/11 9:52 AM
(Cont) “… have a camera on the sidelines to shoot footage for those club-licensed programs only.” #nyj10/11/11 9:53 AM
Home and visiting-team video personnel are identified by lime-green vests. In the league rules. #nyj10/11/11 9:55 AM
SpyGate II? Nah.
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