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Opinions Vary On NFL's Decision To Place Cameras In Home Team Locker Rooms
Published April 4, 2013
WILL THERE BE APPEAL? NFL Senior VP/PR Greg Aiello said that use of the cameras is “mandatory” and “no team will be exempt from airing footage.” USA TODAY’s Mike Foss wrote, “Pulling the curtain back on the most intimate of team settings is an interesting move by the NFL.” As TV broadcasts “continue to improve, along with the quality of in-home televisions, the league is forced to invent new incentives to drive crowds to games in person.” Foss asked, “Will the promise of locker room cameras convince fans to pay up and head out? It's a gamble made previously by the XFL.” He continued, “Is this the best remedy [NFL Commissioner Roger] Goodell and the NFL can offer to fans who would consider spending their disposable income on a ticket?” When TV broadcasts “already show player interaction before, during, and after games, a view into a locker room does little to inspire excitement for the stadium experience” (USATODAY.com, 4/3).