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NFL players, coaches are sounding off about TV microphones on linemen
NFL players, coaches are sounding off about TV microphones on linemen

Silence is golden. In the NFL, it's also a pipe dream. Denver's Peyton Manning is not happy about the league's policy of wiring offensive linemen with microphones to pick up audio at the line of scrimmage to enhance TV broadcasts. And he's not alone. It's the reason viewers can hear the Broncos quarterback famously bark "Omaha! Omaha!" so clearly that when the home crowd is hushed at Sports Authority Field, it sounds as if Manning is yelling in an empty gymnasium. The practice of taping a tiny microphone to the back of a center or guard began in 2011, replacing the procedure of attaching them to the bill of the umpire's cap. When, for safety...

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