Originally Posted by NIBGoldenchild
The league didnt have the right to tell them to not do something perfectly within their rights per the CBA, THAT is illegal.
The CBA has to do with the players vs the owners. The League's dealings with individual teams, which technically they are the parent company of, is entirely different. Each franchise operates within the rules set up by the league, including punishment for violations. Was there a specific rule for Spygate or Bountygate? No, but the league has the power to adjudicate those types of cases because the owners have set it up that way.