Jets Videotaping Patriots Game OK?

There’s been a minor controversy brewing throughout the day due to a CBS camera shot of Jets OC Brian Shottenheimer at the beginning of the second quarter. Now, there’s nothing wrong with Shottenheimer (except maybe his playcalling at times), but you can clearly see in the background a Jets employee videotaping the game (see my screen cap above). Now, isn’t videotaping from the sidelines supposed to be illegal? I mean, we did go through a lot here in New England over videotaping.

Apparently not, according to the Jets and the NFL.

According to league spokesman Greg Aiello, the Jets operated within league guidelines and that this is a “non-issue.” A Jets spokesman said the following:

The camera man in the picture works for Jets TV and shoots footage for our team programming.”

So, what exactly are those guidelines Aiello mentioned? Here they are:

“Club video crews and video crews from television stations that produce and telecast club-licensed programming (e.g. coaches’ shows, team magazine-style shows, etc.) may also be permitted to have a camera on the sidelines to shoot footage for those club-licensed programs only.

“Home and visiting club-related sideline video personnel (those shooting for coaches’ shows and team programming, scoreboard cameras, etc.) will wear lime-green vests.”

So as long as you say that the cameraman is working for team programming and he/she wears a green vest, you’re OK? I’m willing to take the Jets at their word (ahem), but does the NFL check those tapes to verify that they are just used, or used at all, for team programming? Does the NFL just take the team’s word for it? This seems a little sketchy to me. What do you think?

Do you think that the Jets were OK video taping during the Patriots game?

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