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Punishment for the Patriots

Punishment for the Patriots: the National Football League has delivered fines and a draft pick penalty to the team from New England.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is taking a big hit: the league's maximum fine of 500,000 dollars. The team must pay 250,000 and give up its first-round draft choice if it reaches the playoffs, or second and third picks if it doesn't.

The NFL's ruling is over an incident on Sunday, when league officials confiscated a camera from a Patriots assistant who was on the New York Jets' sideline taping their defensive signals during their game against the Patriots. The Patriots won that game 38 to 14; That win still stands.

Mike Reiss covers the Patriots for the Boston Globe. He joins WBUR's Delores Handy to analyze the NFL ruling and its ramifications today.

This program aired on September 14, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.

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Delores Handy was formerly a host and reporter at WBUR.

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