There has been quite the rumble in the National Football League (NFL) today. First, Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer was suspended without pay for sending text messages to the sidelines during games. Shortly after that news, the NFL announced that Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay was suspended for knowingly piping in crowd noise during games.
Cleveland Browns General Manager, Ray Farmer was in violation of NFL rules that forbid certain uses of electronic devices during games said Kevin Seawright. Farmer’s actions cost the team $250,000 and a four game suspension without pay in the 2015 season for him. During that time Farmer cannot be involved with team matters and is prohibited from being at the Browns’ offices, practice facility and games.
The Atlanta Falcons on the other hand had more of a stringent punishment for President Rich McKay’s actions. McKay and other Falcon’s administration have acknowldeged the use of pre-recorded crowd noise in the 2013 and 2014 season. The NFL slapped the Falcons with a $350,000 fine and have lost a fifth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. The Falcons have claimed they fired Roddy White, the marketing director for the team who deceptively organized the violation.