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The iPad is changing how NFL teams prep for games

by David Needle

October 18 2012

The X's & O's used to design plays are a lot more accessible on the iPad, which can also be used to review game footage.
The X's & O's used to design plays are a lot more accessible on the iPad, which can also be used to review game footage.

Gone are the heavy binders and thick playbooks NFL players had to struggle through in preparing for the next game -- the iPad is in.

Once it took three days to receive a large bag of Betacam SP video tapes to break down footage from the previous week’s game. Players like Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway would have surely loved the iPad’s capability to receive digital footage from a game, transferred on blazing fast Internet, just hours after his game.

As iBackFlip Studios notes in a blog post, Elway, now the Denver Broncos’ VP in charge of football operations, ordered the newest iPad  for each of his 130 players and coaches this year. The NFL’s Baltimore Ravens and Tampa Bay Buccaneers each had tablet programs in place last season.

Security? The Miami Dolphins, have a $10,000 fine in place for downloading unapproved software or even forgetting to bring your iPad to a meeting.

In the case of player transactions, iPads can be remotely erased, even before a player realizes he has been released or traded. Every iPad in the Broncos organization also has the standard four-digit pin to open the device, but also a password for the app itself.

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