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NFL players banned from wearing Beats headphones on camera

A new deal with Bose has prohibited players and NFL personnel from wearing Beats headphones on camera. 


Fernando Alfonso III


Posted on Oct 5, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 11:27 am CDT

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)

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*First Published: Oct 5, 2014, 6:16 pm CDT