NFL denies NBC request to have cameras on footballs being checked

Sunday February 1st, 2015

NBC's Michelle Tafoya said on Sunday's Super Bowl pregame show that the NFL denied a request by the network to have cameras present when the league checks each team's footballs during pregame.

The league is currently investigating whether the New England Patriots purposefully deflated their footballs in order to gain an advantage over the Indianapolis Colts during the AFC title game. On Sunday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that only one of the 12 Patriots' footballs used in the game was under-inflated by a full two pounds.

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The NFL has said it followed proper protocol in checking the footballs before the AFC Championship game, however vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said the league does not log the PSI in footballs during pregame.

NBC anchor Bob Costas​ also said on the Super Bowl pregame show that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell denied an interview request. Costas interviewed Patriots quarterback Tom Brady about Deflategate, who said "all of the facts will come out after the Super Bowl."

New England plays the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday.

- Molly Geary

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