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Published on October 13th, 2014 | by Alan Cross

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Week 6 in the NFL: Players Still Wearing Beats Headphones Despite League Ban

If you’ve been following the NFL vs. Beats headphones battle. you’ll know that the league wants to stamp out use of Beats by anyone within camera range during a game. Why? A deal with Bose (notice the logos on all the coaches’ headsets) means that no other headphone brand can be seen during the game–especially a brand that gives away their ‘phones to players in hopes that they’ll get a little free advertising without having to pay the NFL a penny.

Last week, SF QB Colin Kaepernik was fined $10,000 for daring use his Beats headphones during a broadcast. This is just one of three league fines he’s appealing. Week 6 saw a number of players define the ban–sort of. There’s nothing in the Bose deal that says players can’t wear their Beats during warm-ups.  Tom Brady, Cam Newton (who has a formal endorsement deal wit the company), Richard Sherman and a plethora of Bengals defensive tackles were all seen sporting Beats on Sunday. More details here.

Your move, NFL.




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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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