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Old 02-01-2008, 10:00 AM   #1
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Default Specter demands 'Spygate' details

At least somebody is not letting it just blow over....

Report: Senator demands 'Spygate' details
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2/1/2008 10:53:41 AM

New York, NY (Sports Network) - Senator Arlen Specter, ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, wants NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to explain why the league destroyed evidence related to spying by the New England Patriots, according to a report in the New York Times.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was fined the maximum of $500,000 by the league for the use of equipment to videotape the New York Jets' defensive signals in Week 1.

In addition, Goodell fined the club $250,000, and stripped the Patriots of their first-round draft choice in 2008.

According to the New York Times, Specter, a Republican from Pennsylvania, said that Goodell would eventually be called before the committee to address the destruction of the tapes that revealed spying by the Patriots. Also, he said Goodell would be called to address the league's antitrust exemption in relation to its television contract.

"That requires an explanation," Specter said to the paper. "The N.F.L. has a very preferred status in our country with their antitrust exemption. The American people are entitled to be sure about the integrity of the game. It's analogous to the C.I.A. destruction of tapes. Or any time you have records destroyed."

Specter first wrote the commissioner about the tapes on November 15th, and wrote again after more than a month passed without a response.

The spokesman for the league said the letters did not reach the league office until late last week, according to the report. The league added that it spoke to the Senator's office several times during November and December, but that the letters were never mentioned. Specter said the league told his office last week it would not respond until after the Super Bowl.

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Default Re: Specter demands 'Spygate' details

Good Work Senator Specter. I look forward to helping him get re-elected in 2010 if he does so chooses.
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Old 02-01-2008, 10:43 AM   #3
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Good Work Senator Specter. I look forward to helping him get re-elected in 2010 if he does so chooses.
Good ol' Arlen. Unfortunately, the NFL already decided to push this incident under the carpet, but I find it comforting to hear somebody in the spotlight bring it up every once in a while and not in a "It's no big deal, everybody does it" type of fashion..
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Default Re: Specter demands 'Spygate' details

It's about time someone else was curious about Commissioner Good Deal's actions.
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Default Re: Specter demands 'Spygate' details

Goodell better make nice - Specter (aka the Senator from Comcast) already has been making noise about monkeying with the NFL's anti-trust exemption because of broadcast issues such a NFL Network games and DirecTV having exclusive rights to Sunday Ticket.

Delighted to see Spygate pops up Super Bowl weekend to put a cloud over the Pats. Maybe Specter can subpoena Belicheat to testify what was on the tapes


FYI is the link to the ESPN.com article on Specter's conversations with Goodell.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3225539
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Default Re: Specter demands 'Spygate' details

while im sure sportscenter will run a 1 hour special update on tom bradys fabricated ankle injury, i bet this doesnt even get a mention.
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Damn Tony - why do you have to steal my joy so soon before the big game!!
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Default Re: Specter demands 'Spygate' details

we should take up a collection to get this guy to talk.

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MEET MATT WALSH

Buried in the Friday New York Times article regarding the desire of Senator Arlen Specter are the first on-the-record comments regarding Spygate from Matt Walsh.

Who's Matt Walsh, you ask? He was an employee of the New England Patriots from 1996 through 2003, spending most of his time there in the video department.

Matt Walsh is now an assistant golf pro in Hawaii. And the Times sent a reporter all the way there to interview him.

As talk goes among some of the folks we know in the NFL media, Walsh knows something. Something big.

We're not reporting at this time that Walsh knows anything. But we know for a fact that multiple members of the media were chasing Walsh in the wake of Spygate, trying to get him to talk on the record about what he knows. One came fairly close, but it ultimately didn't happen.

Why? Because Walsh is scared. And rightfully so. He's scared of getting sued into Mike Tyson-style bolivian.

"After speaking to my lawyers and whatnot, I can't really talk to you about anything," Walsh told the Times. "And I can't show you anything. If someone wanted me to talk and tell them things, I would craft an agreement where they would agree from now until the end of my existence to pay for any legal fees that came up in regards to this, whether I'm sued by the Patriots, the [NFL], anybody else."

Wow.

Folks, guys don't say things like that when they don't know anything, or when they don't think that what they know is important.

And though we don't know what Walsh knows, we know what a couple of writers think that he knows. If they're right, and if Walsh talks, it could have huge ramifications.

We know that our bread is partially buttered by the NFL, and we appreciate the relationship. But every owner, G.M., coach, and player is a steward of a game that hopefully will continue for centuries after we're all gone. So we're committed to holding today's stewards of the game accountable for their actions, even if it makes said stewards of the game upset with us. One way or another, Walsh needs to have a forum to tell what he knows. He might collapse like a wet cracker under cross examination, or his story might be flimsier than a kite made out of Kleenex. But this guy has a story to tell, and it needs to be heard.

"If I ever got brought in for a deposition or something, then I would just face the whole gauntlet of questions," Walsh said. "There would be things I'd be forced to answer that some people haven't taken responsibility for."
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Default Re: Specter demands 'Spygate' details

Don't count me as one of those cheering for "pristine bullet" Specter on this issue. Come on, so because of the antitrust exemption the government can involve itself in any league matter? This is a bigger stretch than baseball and steroids, which the Feds might have a compelling interest in regarding steroids and kids.

In sum, my hate for the Pat's might be great, but not great enough to cheer the Feds on when they stick their collective nose where it doesn't belong.
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Don't count me as one of those cheering for "pristine bullet" Specter on this issue. Come on, so because of the antitrust exemption the government can involve itself in any league matter? This is a bigger stretch than baseball and steroids, which the Feds might have a compelling interest in regarding steroids and kids.

In sum, my hate for the Pat's might be great, but not great enough to cheer the Feds on when they stick their collective nose where it doesn't belong.
The NFL did not hesitate to get Congress to "stick its collective nose" into the operations of professional football when it needed an anti-trust exemption to first get its league-wide TV contract with CBS in the early 1960s and then get an exemption for the merger with the AFL in the mid-1960s (the payoff for the AFL merger being blessed by Congress was then House majority leader Hale Boggs of Louisiana getting a franchise put in New Orleans).

The NFL is glad to be subject to federal oversight when it serves its purposes - as far as Goodell now being questioned by Specter, that's the breaks - you cannot pick when and when not you should be subject to federal oversight. If Goodell does not mind losing his anti-trust exemption then he can tell Specter to get lost - if not, then he needs to answer the questions. It is Goodell's own damn fault he is even facing this issue by trying to cover this up last September.
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