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What's legal, what's illegal in NFL spy game

NFL scouts and spies can watch defensive signals, jot down notes, even speak into recorders. But no videotaping allowed.

Originally Published: September 13, 2007
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com

Week after week, NFL scouts seated in stadium press boxes train their binoculars on coaches responsible for sending in defensive plays via hand signals. They watch intently and whisper what they see into small audio recorders.

"Ten minutes left in the second quarter, third-and-7, right hand to shoulder, back down to hip, up to hat."

NFL's no-video rule

The "Game Operations Manual" states that "no video recording devices of any kind are permitted to be in ...

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