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Spygate 2 investigation closer to beginning than end

The key to the NFL's investigation into the Patriots is whether or not there is a connection between the film crew and the team's football operations, Mike Florio explains.

It’s entirely possible that the Spygate 2 investigation involving the Patriots will move quickly. However, it still hasn’t started.

Per multiple sources, the investigation regarding the events that resulted in a Patriots videographer taping Cincinnati’s sideline last weekend in Cleveland has yet to get rolling. As one source put it, the league office will turn its attention to the matter on Monday and Tuesday.

Another source explained that the Patriots have heard little from the league so far, with the NFL simply identifying the persons the league wants to interview and the materials that the Patriots should preserve.

One key question clearly will be -- especially in light of the statement issued by the team’s video producer on Sunday night -- whether and to what extent electronic evidence shows any connection between the video crew and football operations. Patriots coach Bill Belichick loudly has denied any such link. The league must confirm or debunk that claim in order to determine whether the incident was an accident or whether the claim of an accident was cover for intent.