The naked Leafs
Mats Sundin and his teammates can stop worrying about showing up on the Internet in the nude some day, now that Toronto Maple Leafs have banned digital cameras, camera phones and hand-held video recorders from the dressing room. The prohibition, which took effect yesterday, is designed to prevent dressing-room photos or video showing up on media and other websites.
But although it mirrors similar moves by numerous sports organizations to exert more control over their properties and content in the digital era, that is not the purpose of the Leafs' ban, said the executive who instituted the rule before the team's home opener on Wednesday. "It comes down to the fact that I don't want to see naked images of my players on YouTube," said John Lashway, the senior vice-president of communications with the Leafs' parent, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. "This issue is no bigger than that."There go my plans for my media credentials.
Besides, everyone knows Leafs TV has exclusive rights to naked Leafs pictures — isn't that why they charge what they do?