The NFL finally has a verdict on the New England Patriots' videotaping scandal.
The Patriots will be fined $1.1 million, lose a 2021 third-round pick, and New England's television crew will not be allowed to shoot any games during the 2020 season, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss. On top of those penalties, senior club officials will have required training on league operation and game policies, and Dave Mondillo, who was suspended by the team at the time of the NFL investigation, is banned from NFL facilities until further notice.
The league opened an investigation on New England in mid December following the Bengals' formal complaint about the Patriots allegedly videotaping their sideline during an early-December game against the Browns. New England was reportedly filming an advance scout who was at the game, in the press box. He was being filmed for a feature the team produces called "Do Your Job." According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the video crew was credentialed by the Browns to shoot video in the press box and their PR person was aware.