Giants to allow cameras in ‘War Room’

The Giants will allow cameras inside their ‘war room’ during the NFL draft starting Thursday and all throughout the weekend (Daily News, May 5).

The notoriously secretive franchise will open its doors as one of 16 teams that will have NFL cameras document their draft preparations. This is the first time the Giants have allowed cameras in their war room as part of the NFL Network’s 51 live hours of draft coverage.

Other teams on the list? The Texans, Rams, Jaguars, Falcons, Vikings, Bills, Titans, Cowboys, Cardinals, Packers, Chiefs, Panthers, Broncos, Colts and Seahawks.

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

This won’t benefit the Giants who, since 1979 when George Young pulled the franchise out of a dumpster fire, have been a cloak-and-dagger operation. They like to keep things on the down-low.

The Giant fans, however, who have supported the team through thick and thin and still support them after the money grab of 2009, deserve a little more transparency. How much they’ll be able to glean from this is unknown. GM Jerry Reese and Tom Coughlin may not avail themselves to be within camera shot. Who knows?

CEO John Mara may have agreed to this return for the NFL giving him a twist as a Super Bowl host and you know Steve Tisch never met a camera he didn’t like.  I think it’s about time the Giants adapted to the new millennium media demands.




7 comments
cj1786
cj1786

I don't really watch the draft so my question is how does this coverage work?  Is it live?  And if so how could it be without compromising the teams ability to get the players they want? 

cole3244
cole3244

anything that leads too progress in the ultra conservative giant franchise is a good thing imo, now if they will start to use the draft to their advantage when the situation arises.


Richard George Novotny III
Richard George Novotny III

I agree with everything said so far, likely a compromise by Mara to Goodell. Sadly, in this world of no privacy and instant gratification, the "Giants Way" of doing business is in serious jeopardy.

Some fans/reporters even go so far as to accuse low key franchises as having something to hide. Fortunately, the Giants are a model organization and don't usually have to worry about aforementioned jerk offs.

Billy Suede
Billy Suede

Tc and reese make the final call in another room. Problem solved. Nothing dictates where the decision is made, just the the cameras are in the war room.

spider43
spider43

I'm sure you have a better pulse reading on why the Giants are doing this, but I think a more logical explanation for the cameras in the War Room is because Mara wants to avoid having the Giants being "volunteered" to appear on Hard Knocks. By volunteering to have cameras in the War Room on Draft Day, the Giants are essentially asking the league office to give them a pass because of quid pro quo. It's simply a compromise to avoid Hard Knocks.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

I wonder if this is the Giants compromising and playing ball a little with access to not be chosen for Hard Knocks