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Footage the NFL won't let you see

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08:03 AM ET 11.04 | The NFL's game coverage is a second-to-none concert of cameras and replays, but there's something missing for those who watch from home on Sundays (or Mondays, or Thursdays). If you ask the league to see the footage that was taken from on high to show the entire field and what all 22 players did on every play, the response will be emphatic. "NO ONE gets that," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy wrote in an email. ... By distributing this footage only to NFL teams, and rationing it out carefully to its TV partners and on its web site, the NFL has created a paradox. The most-watched sport in the U.S. is also arguably the least understood. "I don't think you can get a full understanding without watching the entirety of the game," says [Bill Parcells].

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November 4, 2011  08:05 AM ET

Typical Sterilization of another Product in the USA!

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November 4, 2011  08:13 AM ET

What a tool!

November 4, 2011  08:18 AM ET

?

November 4, 2011  08:18 AM ET

That's OK. I don't like thinking.
-Signed, The American Public

November 4, 2011  08:23 AM ET

I don't know. That camera shot sounds like the view from the cheap seats. I'd like the occassional long shot but, for t.v. viewers, I think the camera needs to follow the ball.

November 4, 2011  08:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

That's OK. I don't like thinking.-Signed, The American Public

are you with the Occupy group? lol!

November 4, 2011  08:26 AM ET
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are you with the Occupy group? lol!

No, I have a job. ;)

November 4, 2011  08:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

That's OK. I don't like thinking.
-Signed, The American Public

There is a Zappa line somewhere that is perfect for this.

I'll be spending the day trying to remember it now.

November 4, 2011  08:39 AM ET
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are you with the Occupy group?

Are those the people who are always in the bathroom on airplanes?

November 4, 2011  08:56 AM ET

if you want that wide angle camera shot the NFL and your local cable/satelite company will have to charge you a fee for that

November 4, 2011  08:58 AM ET

Fear not all you fatuous football fans. ( I will save you the trouble, fatous means "inanely foolish."), when the price is right the NFL will sell the footage to the highest bidder and it can be purchased by you through your local cable/dish/direct tv network through ppv.

November 4, 2011  08:58 AM ET
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if you want that wide angle camera shot the NFL and your local cable/satelite company will have to charge you a fee for that

Exactly. They are no doubt negotiating as we speak.

November 4, 2011  09:01 AM ET
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Exactly. They are no doubt negotiating as we speak.

There was talk a year or two ago about being able to choose the angle you want to watch...what ever happen to that???

November 4, 2011  09:10 AM ET
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There was talk a year or two ago about being able to choose the angle you want to watch...

I want the cheerleaders dressing room

November 4, 2011  09:11 AM ET
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There was talk a year or two ago about being able to choose the angle you want to watch...what ever happen to that???

Don't know, but the evolution of the money grab is that someday you will be able to purchase the game as seen from the helmet of your favorite player.
QB cams will go for the most and on down the line to the center for a sum everyman can afford.

November 4, 2011  09:12 AM ET

Rex Ryan's ears perked up and his toes started to curl when he heard the word "footage."

November 4, 2011  09:12 AM ET

Yawn

November 4, 2011  09:13 AM ET
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Don't know, but the evolution of the money grab is that someday you will be able to purchase the game as seen from the helmet of your favorite player. QB cams will go for the most and on down the line to the center for a sum everyman can afford.

some QBs spend so much time on their back, their cam footage might get sold to the nature channel to study the behavior of birds over football stadiums

 
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