- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 31, 2000

Not everyone videotaping training-camp practices in Ashburn, Va., will be a Washington Redskins fan. NFL sources say at least three teams will send scouts to Redskins practices this summer, given the team's plan to charge a $10 admission fee.
Scouts are normally barred from practices, but the NFL game operating manual says opposing teams may attend any activity when admission is charged. The Redskins will become the first NFL team to charge fans to attend practice when camp opens July 20 at Redskin Park. Given the team's policy permitting fans to videotape and photograph practices, scouts can do the same, as well as evaluate players.
Coach Norv Turner says he is not worried about the expected spies in the stands. After all, practices are usually bland. Trick plays and special formations are often inserted during regular-season midweek practices.
"We're not doing anything out here we need to hide from anybody," Turner says. "We won't get into serious preparation for our regular-season opponents until we start closing practices in mid-August. It's not a concern."
However, Turner concedes that opponents could get an early look at young players, including the Redskins' first-round selections, linebacker LaVar Arrington and offensive tackle Chris Samuels.
"I could see where it would help a team if they wanted to evaluate the players," Turner says.
Scouts regularly attend scrimmages, preseason and regular-season games, especially coming opponents. They often chart plays when sitting in the press box.
But scouts openly taping practices is a distant cry from the 1970s, when Redskins coach George Allen made team workers regularly patrol the fence to chase away fans. Allen was known for scouting teams himself, especially the Dallas Cowboys. Whenever a plane flew over Redskin Park, Allen would curse it was a Cowboys' spy.

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