Belichick “disappointed” that owners don’t want to pay for cameras

AP

Patriots coach Bill Belichick has long advocated putting fixed cameras on the sidelines, goal lines and end lines in every NFL stadium, to give referees better replay angles when reviewing close calls. And Belichick isn’t happy that some owners say they don’t want to spend the money to pay for those cameras.

Asked about Giants owner John Mara’s statement that those cameras would be too expensive, Belichick sounded dismissive of such a claim.

“I was disappointed to hear that we can’t afford that, as a league,” Belichick said. “It was kind of surprising to hear that.”

There’s still a chance that Belichick’s proposal will pass, but Mara’s statement indicated that it’s unlikely. The NFL is a multibillion-dollar business, but the owners apparently don’t think adding some cameras is worth the cost.

140 responses to “Belichick “disappointed” that owners don’t want to pay for cameras

  1. Yeah because an 8 BILLION dollar a year industry cant afford those cameras. Greedy bastards.

  2. goodell & the owners are currently lobbying the local governments to pony up the dough for the cameras… it’s been a tight couple of months for the nfl & they could use some taxpayer assistance…. they have kids to feed you know!

  3. Of course they aren’t going to pay. The NFL has more important things to pay for, like Ted Wells investigating why a Patriots football in the Colts’ possession became under-inflated.

  4. Bill Belichick is right again but the cheapness of John Mara will never be underated. Bill has the best interests of the game at heart, but some billionaire owners enjoy being publicly frugal, partly to frustrate BB.
    Mara is an idiot.

  5. instead of bashing belichek, and the patriots, you should all be making comments supportive of this, I think every fan can agree that adding these cameras is long overdue. its actually unbelievable that we see goal line reviews and we all have to guess because of the film angle.

    any mara should be embarrassed at a comment like they cant afford these cameras, that could be the dumbest comment ever from a league oozing money and is led by a guy who gets paid over 40 million a year to screw up every single thing that comes across his desk

  6. I’m assuming the cameras need to be at a particular height, and above all the other stuff going on in the end zone. Which could mean for many stadiums that the only potential location for fixed cameras would be in the seating area…first row, specifically.

    Six more cameras in each end zone, which means at least 12 fewer premium seats per game (maybe more) and that’s quite a lot of money to lose every Sunday, every year, in perpetuity.

  7. Hey.. here’s an idea..

    Maybe someone will make a comment that references “spygate’ and “cameras”. That would be hilarious..

    Yuck, yuck…

  8. Guys, the NFL is a non profit organization. You think they have a few thousand sitting around? If they could possibly afford something like this to improve the game I’m sure they would be all for it, but it’s not like they are tax exempt and making any profit….

  9. Belicheck and the use of cameras in the same article, how convenient.

    That’s like Mike Tyson asking “Hey man, stick out your jaw for me a little more”.

  10. Headline soup for trolls. Unfortunately for them, the Patriots are WORLD CHAMPS once again and they are pounding sand somewhere crying about why their team can’t get passed the mystical Patriots.

  11. It doesn’t matter if it is the Evil Hoodie Genus’s idea, it is a good idea, and the leather chairs in the owners suits cost more than the cameras would! Cheap Bastages! (Shout out to the writers of Johnny Dangerously!)

  12. Bill Belichick donated $500,000 out of his own pocket to have extra cameras.
    AND
    What was the response of the League – B@sterds took away his cameras and a first round draft pick.

    The League Owners are Greedy & Hypocrytical.

    Can we get cameras for extra angles on the cheerleaders?

  13. As usual, Belichick is right and the commenters on here are weirdly obsessed with the Patriots. Another day goes by.

  14. Cost/Benefit Analysis is probably killing this. How much do the cameras cost (somebody mentioned $80k per camera in another thread)? How often will they get used? What will the cameras do that existing cameras can’t?

    The cost to install the cameras, securing permission for the cameras (not all teams play in stadiums owned by the team/owners), staffing costs, etc… These all need to be considered. If that price is correct, and the thought of twelve cameras being at each stadium is also correct, the teams would be paying out almost $30mil in material costs for technology that may have little value.

  15. Rex: STUNNED
    Tiki: Flabbergasted
    Santonio: I am befuddled
    Drew: Repeatedly pounds fist on table

  16. C’mon NFL we the fans your customers demand that you implement this.

    It does not seem possible that you would talk about money shortages when you are a billion + dollar Industry that somehow still pays no tax??????

    You can afford it, and it would show us all that teams are playing on a level field and no BS excuse by the part time employee zebras about camera angle.

    Remember the idea is to get the call right. Its not like there are billion of dollars wagered on every NFL game which in turns fuels the popularity of said game. You owe it to your customers to make sure the call on the field is right especially since you dont seem to think full time officials are necessary. Get with it Gents.

    signed the paying customers who love this game…..

  17. Meanwhile, the NHL – which doesn’t make anywhere near the cash the NFL does – has cameras behind, over, and inside every goal of every NHL arena… and these cams are all in the perfect places to show a puck one inch over the line for a goal, or stopping just short for a non-goal. NHL also has a far superior replay-review system.

    The NFL will have to justify why this is an unaffordable expense if it doesn’t pass.

  18. One thing for sure NFL owners are the tightest bunch around…As long as there bottom line grows the are happy doing nothing. Except fly to Arizona to discuss should extra points be on the one yard line…

  19. 3rivers6rings says:Mar 24, 2015 1:40 PM
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    ****** for the admitted (by several including Jim Haslett) institutional cheating using Steroids administered by the Steelers training staff. The best cheaters in the 70’s!!! A dirty program, and tainted championships!

    #Steelers=Stealers

  20. slugbaitspace says:
    Mar 24, 2015 1:46 PM
    I’m assuming the cameras need to be at a particular height, and above all the other stuff going on in the end zone. Which could mean for many stadiums that the only potential location for fixed cameras would be in the seating area…first row, specifically.

    Six more cameras in each end zone, which means at least 12 fewer premium seats per game (maybe more) and that’s quite a lot of money to lose every Sunday, every year, in perpetuity.
    =================

    Yeah, cuz cameras are just so huge they would take up an entire seat… When did we go back in time? Is it 1976 again?

    They couldn’t possibly mount cameras underneath the seating areas of the upper deck, or on the facade of the seating areas. And they certainly couldn’t install tiny cameras on the goal posts that give you a great view of the end line from sideline to line… You use the word perpetuity but don’t know that cameras are smaller than a beer can and can be mounted anywhere???

  21. Why can’t the networks who broadcast the game put them in? They will be getting good shots to us during the broadcast and their highlight shows.

  22. makes a lot of sense. There are alot of plays on the goalline where you can not see if a knee is down or how far the ball got.

  23. The league wants controversial calls so the Monday news cycle is on that and not on things like how many sacks a wife-beater had, or how many people had life altering injuries, etc.

    Its basic PR strategy.

  24. Sideline cameras would have given us too clear a picture of the Jets coaches trying to trip players or blow out their knees.

  25. Bill’s been having trouble stealing the opponent’s play-card and signals. This would be a big help.

  26. If true, disappointed is hardly strong enough rhetoric. I think “pathetic” would be more-appropriate.

    This is the NFL, people… try to wake up to the shameless greed cesspool that it is.

  27. Even if they are automated drone cameras recently developed by the Pentagon, and cost in excess of $1Million each, the NFL could afford to outfit every NFL stadium AND every MLB stadium, with multiple cameras, and not even feel it.

  28. billswillnevermove says:
    Spygate, Deflategate, tainted from top to bottom.

    ========
    You know this Bill guy is 100% correct. Cameras like those “cheaters” were penalized for were illegal. That means these “cheaters” should not have won in 2001, 2003, and 2004 were clearly tainted.

    Oh wait, if it was illegal back then why didn’t the Colts complain back then. Why the current owner of the best 1 and done record would have won it all in those years.

    I also think that Senator should have stop the government until someone can explain why the state of Pennsylvania was cheated out of two SuperBowl Trophies.

    Grow up you #crybabies …….

  29. C’mon guys, have some sympathy for the NFL. They only make $8 billion dollars a year. They can’t pay for the cameras without sacrificing their near poverty level paychecks (and by near poverty I mean only several billion over the poverty line). How are they going to pay for their expensive steakhouse dinners and their mansions? What about their private jets and islands. A man’s gotta have a private tropical island you know. You guys are ridiculous!

  30. Agree with Bill. Not sure that cameras would be a financial stretch.

    Certainly more useful than overpaid players and there are a lot of them.

  31. What most fans want is for the calls on the field to be made correctly, whether it goes for or against their team. The cameras would decrease the likelihood of a season ending mistake being made by human officials.
    .

  32. The NFL can be such an odd place. They’ll implement rules changes that actually impact the game with little to no discussion but an idea like this that logically probably should have been in place since Day 1 of replay will get tabled.

  33. Jim Irsay had enough cash for at least one camera in the briefcase of his drug mobile. I’m sure the owners can and SHOULD fork over the money for cameras.

  34. Then NFL cannot afford the cameras? This reminds me of the Judge Judy saying – do not piss on my leg and tell me that it is raining. If the NFL owners do not want cameras in strategic locations that would help to get the calls right, there is some other reason for it other than the NFL cannot afford it. I assume the lack of these cameras is to assist the NFL in fixing the outcomes of certain games.

  35. The “it costs too much” argument is completely absurd, and I’m glad Belichick called Mora out in his own way.

    …that being said, the Belichick jokes in the comments here are still totally funny.

  36. It’s such a simple obvious fix that it is baffling why any owner of any team would oppose it.

    One can only hope that Mara’s Giants get screwed out of a game against a division rial based on a bad call and inconclusive camera angle – and then he’ll decide this was a good idea.

  37. What’s totally ridiculous in this whole thing is this is a potential moneymaker for the league. Get Sony, Canon, heck even Go Pro on board as “the official sideline camera of the NFL”. I’m pretty sure there are companies out there willing to pay millions and give free cameras in the process (how much did Microsoft shell out for all those maxi-pads the coaches were fiddling with during games, or talking on their Bose headsets?). Instead, because this idea was proposed by the black sheep Patriots franchise, it never had a prayer.

  38. The guilty conscience is the one who proposes this rule. A simple tactic of delfection to try and distract those and make you appear as the innocent one.
    For the simple minded: If I’m guilty, or think I am of cheating, spying, taping, etc. then I’m going to be the first to propose cameras, etc. for “proper” monitoring. Naturally, to some, this makes me look innocent and resolute in a time of suspicion.

  39. How could the NFL fix the game if everyone sees clearly what happens? They’ve got enough trouble right now fixing things when folks do get to see as much as we do.

  40. I agree with BB’s sentiments but I can’t help but think this post was just a lightning rod for clicks having “Belichick” and “Cameras” in the title, you knew what would happen here.

  41. Cost was the most ridiculous reason for this not happening as it doesn’t even make sense. Wonder what the real reason the NFL isn’t doing this is?

  42. Goodell and the Owners have nothing to do why this game is so popular, a chimpanzee can run the NFL and make money. We go to see the players.
    NFL owners are the greediest people on earth. Almost as corrupt as FIFA.

  43. billsbackto81 says: Mar 24, 2015 1:48 PM

    “Belicheck and the use of cameras in the same article, how convenient.

    That’s like Mike Tyson asking “Hey man, stick out your jaw for me a little more”.

    Actually…

    …it’s more like Mike Tyson asking, “Hey man, can I have your ear for a minute?”

  44. openyoureyes12 says:Mar 24, 2015 2:53 PM

    The guilty conscience is the one who proposes this rule. A simple tactic of delfection to try and distract those and make you appear as the innocent one.
    For the simple minded: If I’m guilty, or think I am of cheating, spying, taping, etc. then I’m going to be the first to propose cameras, etc. for “proper” monitoring. Naturally, to some, this makes me look innocent and resolute in a time of suspicion.

    Soooo, for us simple minded folk: Belichick is somehow controlling the goal line and sidelines? And his conscience from 8 years ago is causing this. Ok, I’m with you so far…

  45. I have been saying this for years, and i dont understand why they dont have fixed cameras on the goal lines at least.

    to many times we have some off angle view to see if the ball crossed the goal line, and its just a joke that they dont fix it with all the ” non profit ” money they make.

  46. I am still waiting for the explanation from some Patriot hater why a rule that was not even instituted until 2007 (No more filming from the sidelines as has always been legal until now) taints the Super Bowl victories of the Patriots in 2001,2003 and 2004……..
    Just more jealous fans of the best franchise in history….

  47. ****New England Patriots, 4 time World Champions.

    ****May your jealousy drive you mad.

  48. Last year all the teams got fancy tablets on the sidelines & for that upgrade the fans had to suffer through another commercial. Just add another 15 or 30 sec commercial to the mix of hundreds and boom camera’s paid for.

  49. We can see inside people’s windows from space on google earth and have cameras the size of thumbtacks that can hide in plane site on a pair of reading glasses but a billion dollar industry can’t find away to get some better camera angles for the betterment of the game? Unbelievable.

  50. Dear Haters,

    Your ongoing obsession with the Patriots and your tired, unimaginative jabs about cameras and footballs only underscores your jealousy. Pats Nation is immune to it all now, but that does not mean we won’t take a minute to remind you that you are indeed, idiots.

    #embracethegreatness

  51. The minute I read “cameras” and “Belichick” I understood the hook…must be the offseason.

    To all you trolls…jealousy is no way to go through life, but I enjoy your pain.

    NE will contend year after year, they’ll probably be in it again next season, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

    #NewEnglandPatriotsSuperbowlChamps

  52. New England Patriots’ accomplishments will be forever honored…

    Right next to Barry Bond’s HR record, Lance Armstrong’s Tour victories and the 1972 Russian Olympic gold medal in basketball…

    ***********************

  53. The more I read about John Mara, the more I realize what a “donkey” he is. He constantly craves the spotlight, is a spoiled rich guy who inherited all his money, is vindictive (evidenced by the Cowboys and Redskins penalties , who are both coincidentally in his division), and he is cheap. To think that these billionaires can’t afford cameras to improve the game is ludicrous.

  54. Not a Belichick fan but was happy they beat the cheating Seahacks and shut up their bandwagon fans. He’s right about the cheap ownership with their irrational explanation about costing too much. Remember, this is a business that only pays cheerleaders a measley $75 per game.

    It wouldn’t surprise me whatsoever if the NFL is looking for some sponsor to pay for the cameras and put their logo on said cameras.

  55. Seattle is still the best team in the NFL since PC arrived and it’s not even close since RW arrived.

    Pats enjoy it because Reevis and Browner didn’t take the cut you promised, the verdict is coming in on yet another Patriots’ cheating investigation (it’s like the swallows returning) and Brady has one foot in retirement.

    If the Hawks had the integrity and disregard for rules and player’s safety as the Pats, they would have left Avril on the field and Brady’s QB Rating would have remained under 30.

  56. Fire Goodell. I’m sure you can find somebody, anybody that would be better than him and do it for 5-10million. There’s your money for cameras….

  57. You would need extra guys to operate these cameras too, since the sideline ones would probably be the type on zip lines to keep them close to the action while also shooting down from above.

    Fat chance for all that with a league that doesn’t care enough about proper results to resolve the dumpster fire of a referee situation by spending 2-3 mil. per year on full-time salaried refs. But mind you, they don’t care because they correctly count on the fans not hurting them in the pocketbook for it, and they won’t change before that.

  58. granadafan says: Mar 24, 2015 4:30 PM

    Remember, this is a business that only pays cheerleaders a measley $75 per game.
    ——————————————

    I’d pay an NFL cheerleader more $ than that to come “cheer” at my place!

  59. I mentioned this on the previous article on this… FOX has cameras embedded in the asphault at NASCAR tracks – obviously un-manned. NFL stadiums could use something similar. The camera only needs to be a little higher than the pylon. No obstructed seats, no extra cameramen.

    C’mon owners. Crying poor and refusing to do this is only giving tin foil hat wearers reason to tighten their hats and further reduce the blood and oxygen supplies to their brains.

  60. Lots of jokes but the truth is the owners are crying POOR? They rape us all form every penny. They milk the lousy Hall of fame game, the lousy boring combine and now a senior combine and then cry poor. No wonder…..their fans are all a bunch of rotten jokes.

  61. 2ruefan says:
    Mar 24, 2015 1:47 PM
    Hey.. here’s an idea..

    Maybe someone will make a comment that references “spygate’ and “cameras”. That would be hilarious..

    Yuck, yuck…
    ___________________

    If the asterisk fits…….wear it.

  62. Yea and the rest of the owners will whine and cry about bad calls rather than be proactive. Its not like they don’t have the money.

  63. Billionaires cheapness. Messes with their bottom line. They will find a way for the fans to pay for them. Increased seat tickets, richer TV contracts which increases your cable and satellite bills above already expensive prices.

  64. “Not a Belichick fan but was happy they beat the cheating Seahacks and shut up their bandwagon fans. ”
    ——
    Now that’s funny. Do you not know it is the Patriot’s with the confirmed “cheating” reputation…more than once actually.

    Hawks coaches gave Pat’s the win…Millions saw what happened at the 1/2 yard line…Brady saw it at the 30 second mark with his “oh know, I’ve just lost my 3rd straight SB in a row” sad puppy dog look as the miraculous catch was made at the 10 yard line. Next play Lynch nearly scores from the 10…we all saw what happened next….It’s amazing how Pat’s fans and non objective viewers try to rewrite history. That was a SB giveaway, MORE than a NE win. Everyone knows it.

  65. Whether or not you think Belicheque is a liar, a cheat or has the personality of a loaf of bread, you have to agree he is dead right on this cameras issue. He speaks for the overwhelming majority of NFL fans.

  66. Gee, don’t they have these “goal line cameras” at horse tracks to capture the photo finish at the finish line? Are you telling me that the NFL has been outdone by horse racing?

  67. It seems to me this would be a good way for go pro to have one hell of a commercial similar to the Microsoft Surfaces they had on the sidelines. Somebody get them on the phone.

  68. “If the Hawks had the integrity and disregard for rules and player’s safety as the Pats, they would have left Avril on the field and Brady’s QB Rating would have remained under 30”

    =========================================

    Here’s a perfect example of a comical statement from a Seahawks fan who probably got on the bus a year ago.

    To all of you knowledgeable, long-time Seahawks fans — we won’t hold this against you.

  69. Don’t pay attention to raidersnation210 and skaw both of them trolls whose judgement is clouded by envy. So sad

  70. Here’s a perfect example of a comical statement from a Seahawks fan who probably got on the bus a year ago.

    To all of you knowledgeable, long-time Seahawks fans — we won’t hold this against you.
    ==================

    When Avril left the game, Brady’s QB rating was 25.

    Of course, we won’t hold it against you that you don’t understand the game.

  71. Lol at the insecure Patriots fans that live to defend their cheating organization on PFT. They’re all tainted ****

  72. Nobody called the Cowboys, 49ers, Raiders, Packers, Redskins, Giants, or Steelers cheaters because they were jealous. Did it ever occur to Pats fans that since everyone in America except you calls them cheaters it is because they are? Other teams have had great success without being called cheaters.

  73. What cameras are available for replays? Do all games have same about of cameras? If not, then are the big market teams getting an unfair advantage?

  74. “Maybe we could have a bake sale, raise some money for the cameras,” he said, per Ben Volin of The Boston Globe. “We could do a car wash. We just spent however many million dollars on the replay system. I mean, there’s a thousand cameras in every stadium, so if somebody spills a beer on somebody we have it on record, right?”

    That’s from last yrs owners meeting. Who says this guy ain’t funny? Go watch him speak sometime.

  75. Bill Belichick would make a great commissioner imo. He seems to know what’s right for the game.

  76. If anybody else would have asked for this instead of the Patriots, they would have gotten it.

    It just doesn’t have the right optics. Bill Bellichek asking for video cameras, is like Hernandez asking permission for carrying a gun into the locker room, or is like giving Tom Brady the go ahead to tamper with the balls for away games.

  77. When Avril left the game, Brady’s QB rating was 25.

    Of course, we won’t hold it against you that you don’t understand the game.

    ———————————————————————
    It’s just that I, and every other knowlegeable fan realizes instantly that you can’t make a linear connection to Avril leaving the game and the greatest modern QB’s passer rating for the remainder of the outcome, that’s all. You’re clearly one of those far-reaching “if only this and that happened” types. You lost the game.

    It’s a good thing you’re not a scientist.

  78. skawh says: Mar 24, 2015 5:31 PM

    Millions saw what happened at the 1/2 yard line…
    ————————————————————-
    You mean NE making one of the greatest defensive plays in the history of the NFL to win the SB? Yes, I saw that too.

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