Savvy Patriots may have way to regain lost draft pick

Ross Houston
July 1, 2020

The illegal filming procedure took place during a December 8 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns.

According to ESPN, the Patriots have been fined $1.1 million and will lose a third-round pick in 2021 NFL Draft.

In addition, the Patriots' television production crews will not be allowed to shoot any games during the 2020 season, and senior club officials will undergo required training on league operation and game policies.

National Football League spokesperson Michael Signora confirmed the punishments Sunday night after ESPN broke the news.

The Patriots beat the Bengals 34-13 during Week 15 during the 2019 season.

The taping incident occurred December 8 as the Bengals played the Cleveland Browns, a week before the Patriots were scheduled to play Cincinnati.

The Patriots admitted to wrongdoing at the time, but they also said the videographers were filming a team series called "Do Your Job" and were unaware of the infraction.

The team's statement added that, while they were granted credentials for the crew from the Browns, the failure to inform the Bengals and the league was an unintended oversight.

At the time, Patriots coach Bill Belichick says neither he nor his coaching staff had watched any of the video footage. The league stripped New England of a first-round pick in 2007 and fined the team $250,000 for illegally recording opponents' signals. Belichick was also fined $500,000. Brady was suspended four games.

A Patriots spokesperson confirmed the team won't contest the penalties.

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