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NFL Fines Broncos for Spying on 49ers

Coach, team out $50K each; video director is fired
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2010 11:54 AM CST
Updated Nov 27, 2010 2:54 PM CST
NFL Fines Broncos for Spying on 49ers
Denver Broncos' Josh McDaniels, right, looks on during the game against San Francisco at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday Oct. 31, 2010.   (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

(Newser) – The NFL has another case of illegal snooping on its hands. In a flap reminiscent of the Patriots' "spygate" scandal, the league has fined the Denver Broncos and coach Josh McDaniels $50,000 each for filming the practice of the 49ers before a game in London last month. The team has fired its videotaping director and said he acted without checking with anyone, reports the Denver Post.

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In a we-didn't-inhale defense, team owner Pat Bowlen and McDaniels swear nobody actually watched the video. Could this be a little vindication for Bill Belichick of the everybody-does-it variety? Maybe just a little: The newspaper notes that both McDaniels and the fired videotape chief, Steve Scarnecchia, used to work for him in New England. (Read more NFL stories.)

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