Pats fined, lose picks for taping Jets signalsPosted: Updated:
NEW YORK - The New England Patriots have been punished by the NFL for videotaping an opponent's offensive and defensive signals.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick has been fined the league maximum of $500,000, and the team has been ordered to pay $250,000 for illegally taping the New York Jets' sidelines during last Sunday's 38-14 win at the Meadowlands.
Commissioner Roger Goodell also ordered the team to give up next year's first-round draft choice if it reaches the playoffs and second- and third-round picks if it doesn't.
In a letter to the Patriots, Goodell said the episode "represents a calculated and deliberate attempt to avoid longstanding rules designed to encourage fair play and promote honest competition on the playing field."