NFL to photogs: Shut up

Despite evidence to the contrary, many organizations don't consider news photographers to be REAL journalists. Example A: The NFL. The National Press Photographers Association lodged...

Despite evidence to the contrary, many organizations don't consider news photographers to be REAL journalists. Example A: The NFL. The National Press Photographers Association lodged a protest with the league last month after finding out that all photogs at NFL games this year are expected to wear vests with Reebok and Canon logos. Today, Editor & Publisher reports the NFL's response: Tough luck, Peter Parkers:
“The NFL says there are no plans to add additional logos to the vests, or to increase the size of the marks, and that they think the Reebok and Canon logos are appropriate because the vests are made by Reebok and because Canon ‘has made the commitment to fund the cost of the vest,’” NPPA reported on its Web site after receiving the letter from NFL vice president of public relations Greg Aiello, which added that “Both logos are directly related to the manufacture of the vest. Given this, it is inaccurate to characterize them as advertising messages sold to NFL sponsors or others."

The NPPA says they'll recommend flipping the vests inside out, but won't pursure a boycott. This incident raises two pertinent questions:

1. Isn't the NFL just like the mean jocks in high school, and the photographers are the angry, but ultimately impotent nerds on the yearbook staff?

2. Why do photographers need vests, anyhow?

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