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Old 01-22-2013, 10:58 PM  
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First down Laser - Yay or nay

League continues to resist in-stadium first-down laser
Posted by Mike Florio on January 22, 2013, 9:39 PM EST


The NFL desperately wants to enhance the in-stadium experience. But the NFL continues to resist an innovation that would make watching the game in person a lot more like watching it at home.

For years, the technology has existed to implement a laser system that would make the line to gain visible to everyone in the stadium — including the players, the coaches, and the officials.

Now, with more and more fans choosing to watch on TV, this system helps duplicate the technology that is available during the broadcast of every game.

“We have not been convinced that it would work for us, but we are open to further discussion after the season,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told the Associated Press.

The laser is embedded in the orange sticks separated by 10 yards, and the company that makes the device has received financial backing from legendary kicker and broadcaster Pat Summerall.

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Old 01-23-2013, 10:22 AM   #31
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I've thought for a few years they should put RFID chips in the tips of the ball. It wouldn't be foolproof, but it would allow for more precision than the status quo.
But wouldn't be helpful in determining if a player had possession at that time.
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:23 AM   #32
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I've thought for a few years they should put RFID chips in the tips of the ball. It wouldn't be foolproof, but it would allow for more precision than the status quo.
That is good idea too.
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:30 AM   #33
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The NFL should test this out in a few stadiums or have a few colleges install it for season.
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:02 PM   #34
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But wouldn't be helpful in determining if a player had possession at that time.
Brainstorming - if the players wore gloves and pads on the inside of the forearms that both had extremely low voltage across them, the chips in the tips of the ball could close a circuit while the ball was being carried. We might be on to something. If only GPS were precise to the inch level...
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:05 PM   #35
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For the Pro-Bowl, I'd love for the NFL to implement that the game be played with all the players using Segways on the field.
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:05 PM   #36
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:08 PM   #37
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Brainstorming - if the players wore gloves and pads on the inside of the forearms that both had extremely low voltage across them, the chips in the tips of the ball could close a circuit while the ball was being carried. We might be on to something. If only GPS were precise to the inch level...
Even then, there are issues. How could you tell when the player is down? How do you tell the exact moment possession is gained (or lost)? After all, there are plenty of times when a player might have multiple points of contact with the ball before control is gained.

I'm not opposed to the crazy yellow line gizmo, but I'd think putting sensors in the ball would be a mess.
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I wish there was a way to improve the 'judgement calls'; I friggin' can't stand the spot foul for Defensive PI. Throwing it up and hoping for a penalty, is a play in an of itself IMO.
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:11 PM   #39
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I wish there was a way to improve the 'judgement calls'; I friggin' can't stand the spot foul for Defensive PI. Throwing it up and hoping for a penalty, is a play in an of itself IMO.
I like it personally. I just don't like how it is called, far too much inconsistency and prevalence during the regular season to call ticky-tack shit. Bowman would have been flagged in the regular season for his play on Roddy White, IMO.
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:13 PM   #40
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The only kind of first down laser I care about is the one that comes off our new QBs hand. It would be nice to feel like we actually had a chance to continue a drive on third down.
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The only kind of first down laser I care about is the one that comes off our new QBs hand. It would be nice to feel like we actually had a chance to continue a drive on third down.
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Big waste of money if you ask me, put that money to use coming up with a better helmet to protect the players health with, or something, anything else.
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Big waste of money if you ask me, put that money to use coming up with a better helmet to protect the players health with, or something, anything else.
They do that every year, and let's not act like they don't have the money to be able to do both. It's the NFL's pocket book.
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