In the wake of Monday’s stunning ESPN report that Saints G.M. Mickey Loomis had for three seasons the capability to listen to communications among the opposing team’s assistant coaches during games played at the Superdome, some have suggested that Loomis wouldn’t have been able to accomplish this feat due to the encryption of the wireless frequencies used at NFL stadiums.
“It is impossible to do,” a Saints source told CBSSports.com. “Plus the NFL frequency coordinator would know and he knows every signal [where] this could happen. The NFL frequency coordinator controls every signal in the stadium so you can’t do it.”
But that relates to wireless communications only. The contention is that Loomis had a hard-wired system, and it’s our understanding that certain elements of the communications system from the coaching booth to the coaches on the sidelines involve wiring. Thus, if wires were tapped, the question of intercepting wireless signals doesn’t matter.
So while there may be other serious flaws regarding the allegations that have been made, the notion that encryption of the wireless frequencies prevents eavesdropping represents an overly simplistic effort to dismiss the claims.