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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, 06:51 PM   #61
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I dont feel strongly either way about it, but I would be ok with it if they decided to do it. Take human error out of it.
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I dont feel strongly either way about it, but I would be ok with it if they decided to do it. Take human error out of it.
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:06 AM   #63
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I vaguely remember hearing about that, on the surface it makes sense but i just dont see how newer, better equipment could be an overall detriment.

Guys are so huge and fast now that removing some of the equipment to get them to ease up a bit wouldnt add up to the same level of safety that modern gear provides.

I'd hate to have this game become rugby, however close to our football it may be in some respects.
Helmets have made head injuries worse, there's no doubt about that.
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the chain gang is the silliest thing in sports. the ref has to eyeball the spot, oftentimes an incredibly inexact science, but then they bring this incredibly exact measuring tool out. It's stupid.
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This video is 10 yrs old. Apparently the idea was shit canned.
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