NFL players banned from wearing Beats headphones on camera

Beats just got a football-sized beatdown.

Bose, a manufacturer of audio equipment, has signed an exclusive agreement with the NFL banning all other headphone manufacturers from appearing on camera during games and interviews.

“This ban extends to TV interviews conducted during pre-season training camps or practice sessions and on game day—starting before the opening kickoff through the final whistle to post-game interviews conducted in the locker room or on the podium,” Re/code reported. “The restriction remains in place until 90 minutes after the play has ended.”

Beats headphones became synonymous with professional sports following a string of commercials featuring players like Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers and Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks.

The Bose news is the first drawback for Beats since it was purchased by Apple in August. The deal was valued at $3.2 billion.

The NFL and Bose have not released how much their deal is worth.

H/T Re/code | Photo by janitors/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Fernando Alfonso III

Fernando Alfonso III

Fernando Alfonso III served as an early Reddit and 4chan reporter and the Daily Dot’s first art director until 2016. He’s gone on to report at Lexington’s Herald-Leader and at the Houston Chronicle.