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NPPA reports NFL requiring all photographers wear Canon and Reebok Branded Red Vests

James P. Jones , Jul 21, 2007; 08:29 p.m.

http://www.nppa.org/ news_and_events/news/2007/07/nfl01.html

According to an article posted on the National Press Photographers Association website by Donald R. Winslow of News Photographer magazine, this coming season the NFL will require all photographers to wear red vests with brand logos. This has raised some concern among media outlets and photographers.


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Jack Floyd , Jul 21, 2007; 08:48 p.m.

Just wait until NASCAR sees this idea

D N , Jul 21, 2007; 08:50 p.m.

Almost as fashionable as the red or gold real estate jackets...

All kidding aside, this is just wrong to impose advertising on the media.

Jeff Polaski , Jul 22, 2007; 08:41 a.m.

What else would you expect from professional "sports"?

Ellis Vener , Jul 22, 2007; 01:35 p.m.

That's very clever of the NFL marketing guys: got to generate more revenue from somewhere to pay for Michael Vick's legal woes.

Zack Jones , Jul 22, 2007; 06:21 p.m.

What a crock. It's a good thing it wasn't released on April 1st or I would have thought it was an April Fools joke.

John Lehman , Jul 22, 2007; 10:14 p.m.

Professional sports are all about money -- why should this raise any concern?

William John Smith , Jul 22, 2007; 11:00 p.m.

Just in.............

All photographers we be required to use Canon cameras and wear Reebok shoes. A non- Canon camera can be used if the logo is taped over with the Canon logo. The same applies to non Reebok shoes, just tape over adidas and Nike. Also if by chance the photographer is using film only Fuji is allowed. Camera bags will be checked.

James P. Jones , Jul 23, 2007; 10:41 a.m.

I was hoping I was being duped by a joke story, but here is the follow-up:

http:// www.nppa.org/news_and_events/news/2007/07/nfl02.html


yoni perlmutter , Jul 24, 2007; 01:25 a.m.

I would extend the mandatory logo'ed red vest to all photographers. A Constitutional Amendment might be in order.

How are we to know who a photographer is is he's not in red?

I was thinking . . . green vests for videographers, blue for sketch artists and a polka-dot arrangement for media people. All with Canon logos of course.

Didn't Europe go through phases like this during the Middle Ages, and more recently during the 1940's. I don't reckon that it improved things all that much though it is true that eveyone knew his place.

And now with the aid of these vests, photographers will too.

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