What Controversy? Jets Say Sideline Camera For Team Programming
NEW YORK (WFAN) — Spygate 2?
Another brewing controversy for the Jets?
Not so fast.
On Tuesday, popular football site Pro Football Talk posted a link to a still shot from Sunday’s Jets-Patriots broadcast on CBS. The image featured a camera man wearing Jets garb and a lime-green vest.
The videographer was shown standing behind offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer’s right shoulder, pointing his camera across the field.
Because of the Patriots’ 2007 Spygate scandal, Mike Florio of PFT had to know: What’s up with that?
“The camera man in the picture works for Jets TV and shoots footage for our team programming,” the Jets later explained, effectively putting the hubbub to rest.
The NFL’s 2011 policy on sideline media access says: “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.”
The rules also state that club-related video personnel on the sidelines will wear lime-green vests.
Florio later posted the Jets’ response, saying the issue was “over before it even really began.”
But for Florio, one question still lingers: “How does anyone know that the footage shot by a team employee won’t be used by the team for some improper purpose?”
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