Dolphins to fine players who visit “unauthorized” sites on iPad playbooks


The good news is that the Dolphins’ new iPad playbooks won’t block players from accessing sites and features unrelated to studying plays and film and other job-related activity.  The bad news is that there will be a stiff price for doing so.

Mike Berardino of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the team will fine players $10,000 for accessing unauthorized website.

Berardino specifically mentioned YouTube and Twitter (but not as examples of forbidden fruit.  It’s safe to say, based on recent comments from coach Joe Philbin, that a certain Internet destination with which you may be familiar is on the naughty list.

“If our guys are sitting in meetings and playing a bunch of music or going on we’re not going to be very good,” Philbin said Tuesday, without mentioning that there would be five-figure fines.

At least one player has gotten the message.

“Playbook,” guard Richie Incognito said.  “The playbook is the new app of choice.”

For the rest of you who don’t have access to the Dolphins’ playbook, the app of choice should be NBC SportsTalk.

26 responses to “Dolphins to fine players who visit “unauthorized” sites on iPad playbooks

  1. What about googling pictures of Loren Tannehill?

    Oh come on….like you haven’t done it.

  2. I don’t know a lot about the iPad since I’m not a big Apple guy, but working in government IT with similar devices (and potentially including the iPad in the future) it seems if they were so concerned about playbooks leaking out they would have methods to deactivate certain features on the iPad for security purposes. With all the resources NFL organizations have, it is pretty much their own fault if they put these media devices in the hands of athletes and have sensitive material end up on the net.

  3. As an IT Professional (CISSP certification), I am worried about so many teans converting to iPads.

    If they can be made to only work over a team’s closed network or the team maintains firewalls and proxy servers limiting where the players may surf and it is monitored for intrusion, then there is a chance the iPad will work.

    If the iPads can be used on public WiFi (many restaurant, hotel networks are unsafe) then eventually a hacker will steal a playbook and sell them to the highest bidder or blackmail the team. What a scandal that would create!

    Miami not limiting where players can go scares me!

  4. @adlent

    Each playbook file is encrypted with a unique code. So if it pops up on the web, they can track it back to the person responsible.

    So what you ask?

    1. That player would be heavily penalised for breaking NDA / sensitive data.

    2. Their reputation would be shot. No team will sign a 5th string CB/S who was just cut by Miami who apparently likes to leak playbooks.

  5. Why would they use Ipads and not Blackberry Playbooks??? Aside from being a better tablet in just about every possible way they are also much more secure to prevent info being leaked/stolen. Plus they could locked them down instead of chasing players around to fine them. Not to mention the namesake of the device just begs for it to be on NFL sidelines

  6. why don’t they just put blocking software on the ipads instead of treating them like children. 10K seriously?

  7. The players that would goof-off rather than use their time efficiently should be shown the way out of Miami.

  8. Unless the players can’t take the iPads out of the building, how do they know the surfing wasn’t done at home?

    If they fined me, they would get that iPad back in a plastic bag, after I’d taken a hammer to it.

  9. First name that came to mind…Ochocinco.

    Really, these guys have enough money to by their own, this one is for business.

  10. Berardino specifically mentioned YouTube and Twitter (but not as examples of forbidden fruit.

    In other news, Chad Johnson requests a trade.

  11. The Dolphins are a JOKE from ownership all the way down to head coach. I would’ve hired Mike Sherman as HC but instead you hired Philbin get a clue.

  12. They should spend some money on a wideout. When Ocho comes off his worst, and a HORRIBLE year and he’s the best you got…you’re in trouble.

  13. I hope for the team’s sake that they’ve put a lot of thought into the potential dangers of putting their playbooks on a tablet. It’s not a bad idea but it does come with both dangers as well as advantages.

    What are they going to do, for example, when someone writes some malware that sends the playbook to another team (we’ll call that app “iBelichick”). Or, worse yet, when somebody writes a virus that turns on the iPad’s camera and mic and allows outsiders to essentially be inside the locker room and the team meetings via electronic proxy.

    Technology can be used for both good and evil and usually ends up being used for both at the same time.

  14. If the app they’re running is PlayerLync and they’re on the web, activity can be monitored and the playbook stuff erased remotely. But anyway, why do the Dolphins care what else the players do with it as long as they’re also using it for learning?

  15. silvercutlery says:Jun 24, 2012 11:16 AM


    Each playbook file is encrypted with a unique code. So if it pops up on the web, they can track it back to the person responsible.


    Once the encryption is broke, it can be stripped. Besides, if I was to hack their iPads for the playbook, do you think i would care to strip the identifing meta data off of it?

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