The Technology of NFL Football

The Technology of NFL Football

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Football season is finally upon us, bringing with it the usual excitement and camaraderie of the game. What we don’t always think about is all of the technology that goes into an NFL game.  

Here are 3 aspects of the game that are being improved by technology:

  1. Player Experience

Helping the players to perform at their very best is a top priority for the NFL.  Data analytics can an help both give broadcast viewers insight about their favorite players and let coaches know how their players are doing.  RFID sensors from Zebra Technologies are now being used in players’ shoulder pads to track player movement and impact. They can track running speed, cut and accelerate, and what level of impact they endure.  Coaches and trainers can analyze this information to see who is playing well, and who may need to come off the field to prevent a potential injury. The NFL has also created a Sideline Viewing System for their coaches.  Coaches use Microsoft Surface tablets to analyze and review plays, which helps them adjust their plays and instruction.

2.  Fan Experience

In the modern age you don’t even have to leave your living room to watch a live football game, but nothing beats seeing your favorite team play in person.  The NFL has used technology to make the fan experience even better.

Stadiums are now equipped with wireless networks.  At Levi’s Stadium, home to the San Francisco 49ers, there are 1,300 Wi-Fi access points.  Fans can use these access points to order food and monitor bathroom lines on their device.  Advancements in technology also allow for better stadium displays. These displays can be used for advertising, signage, replays, and highlights.

3.  Officials Experience

NFL referees have to make a lot of touch calls throughout the game.  So, the NFL has employed a number of technology solutions for game officials.

Referees now use Microsoft Surface tablets for instant replay review.  Officials have multiple angles of the play right in their hands, making it easier for them to make the correct call.  Officials also benefit from the use of the Art McNally Game Day Central Room at the NFL headquarters in New York. Officials at the Game Day Central Room have access to dozens of monitors to every NFL stadium in the U.S.  Officials stationed at the headquarters can watch a play from every angle and assist the field officials.


Story via BizTech

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