NFL Bans Players From Wearing Beats By Dre Headphones On Camera
According to a recent Recode report, all NFL players are strictly forbidden from wearing and/or using any Beats By Dre headphones while on camera, which includes interviews and sitting on the sidelines during live games. Bose, a popular long running speaker company and competitor with the new Beats company, has struck up a deal with the NFL that allows players and coaches to only sport their merchandise during specific events (for example, whenever the cameras are rolling).
Have you seen any Beats commercials lately? Athletes and Beats By Dre have become somewhat synonymous with each other, but an NFL spokesperson defended the practice on endorsing brands on live TV and confirms they've used the policy before the Bose deal came about.
“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,” an NFL spokesperson said in a statement. “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 restriction applies to all live interviews conducted during training camps or practice sessions and on game day — from before the opening kickoff through the final whistle to postgame interviews conducted in the locker room — or on the podium, up to 90 minutes after games have ended.