The National Football League has reportedly hit the New England Patriots with a $1.1 million fine after the team admitted to illegally filming from the sidelines during a game last year. A Patriots TV crew shot footage of the field and sidelines of the Cincinnati Bengals during a December game against the Cleveland Browns. The Patriots admitted in a statement released back then that its production crew “unknowingly violated a league policy by filming the field and sideline from the press box.” CNN has been told that Patriots’ punishment includes a fine of $1.1 million and a loss of the 2021 third-round draft pick. Patriots TV crews are also banned from taping any games and senior club officials will have to undergo training to remind them of the rules. David Mondillo, a producer in the Patriots’ in-house production crew, has also reportedly been banned from all NFL facilities.
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