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NFL bans Beats by Dre
WASHINGTON -- The NFL is laying down a hard line stance when it comes to an important social issue. The league is banning players from wearing Beats by Dre headphones.
After signing a long-term deal with Bose in the offseason, the NFL is capitulating to the headphone manufacturer’s request to keep all players and coaches from wearing any other brand. The NFL claimed, in a statement, that this is standard operating procedure for all brands.
"The NFL has longstanding policies that prohibit branded exposure on-field or during interviews unless authorized by the league. These policies date back to the early 1990s and continue today. They are the NFL's policies -- not one of the league's sponsors, Bose in this case. Bose is not involved in the enforcement of our policies. This is true for others on-field."
The ban includes pregame activity and runs through 90 minutes after the final whistle. It also includes any interview or offseason workout -- essentially any time a player might be on camera.
If only the NFL took such a no-nonsense, zero tolerance policy on actual problems affecting the league…