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NFL to Use Tracking Chips on Players
http://news.discovery.com ^ | Aug 1, 2014 | Glenn McDonald

Posted on 08/02/2014 12:45:22 PM PDT by TaxPayer2000

As a hardcore baseball guy, I often wonder why people needlessly waste their time on all those other, lesser sports. But I suppose everyone has a right to their insane opinions.

In any case, football fans may want to keep an eye on this development: The NFL announced this week that it will be using RFID tracking chips on players during select games in the 2014 season. The high-tech chips — RFID stands for radio-frequency identification — will generate precise positioning data on each player on every play.

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For the initial rollout, the RFID system will be used in 17 of the NFL’s 31 stadiums. (Astute sports fans will note that the NFL has 32 teams, but the Giants and the Jets share the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.) When squaring off in these stadiums, players will actually be tracked by two RFID chips — one in each shoulder pad. Data is broadcast in real-time to provide information on positioning, velocity, direction, distance run and even force-of-impact.

All of that data is instantly analyzed by the NFL’s MotionWorks system, which then generates statistics for every play. The data can also be instantly incorporated into the visual elements of the TV broadcast. In fact, the MotionWorks system crunches the numbers so quickly that graphics can be added within the broadcast’s standard two-second delay.

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The upshot of all this is that viewers — not to mention coaches and team executives — will be able to track every players’ movement in the often chaotic scrum of the typical NFL football game. When a blocking assignment is missed or a receiver is suddenly wide open in the end zone, fans will know precisely which player screwed up, and when and where.

The system will also generate an entire new field of statistics for fans to obsess over. In fact, the MotionWorks system is part of a larger initiative the NFL is calling “Next Generation Statistics.” The stadiums participating in the 2014 program: Atlanta, Baltimore, Carolina, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, Green Bay, Houston, Jacksonville, Miami, New England, New Orleans, Oakland, San Francisco, St. Louis and Washington.

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1 posted on 08/02/2014 12:45:22 PM PDT by TaxPayer2000
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To: TaxPayer2000

This must mean on their uniforms while they are playing.

Not under their skin — while they are punching out women in elevators.


2 posted on 08/02/2014 12:47:39 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: TaxPayer2000

As a self professed avid baseball fan, how would you feel if a reliable electronic system was developed to automatically call balls and strikes?


3 posted on 08/02/2014 12:47:55 PM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: TaxPayer2000; a fool in paradise

We don’t want them to get lost on the field


4 posted on 08/02/2014 12:50:09 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: TaxPayer2000

The league might should consider electronic monitoring devices for a lot of their players during the off season too.


5 posted on 08/02/2014 12:50:14 PM PDT by boycott
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To: SoCal Pubbie

Those were the article writers words, not mine. I am not much of a baseball fan myself, but i would think that an electronic system to automatically call balls and strikes could only enhance the game.


6 posted on 08/02/2014 12:50:37 PM PDT by TaxPayer2000
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To: SoCal Pubbie

Suggested that a long time ago.


7 posted on 08/02/2014 12:51:48 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Off the field is where they really need them.


8 posted on 08/02/2014 12:52:14 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: SoCal Pubbie
Re post 3.

Are you kidding me? This is long overdue.

9 posted on 08/02/2014 12:55:47 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian
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To: TaxPayer2000

How about mini-MRIs in the helmets to instantly record brain damage and report it up on the screen.


10 posted on 08/02/2014 12:58:38 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: TaxPayer2000

Put these chips on the ball and quit arguing about first downs and touchdowns.

Always amazes me to see referees down on their knees squinting to see if the nose of the football is past the end of the chain. Using such precise measurements is absurd when you consider that on first down the chains are set merely by ‘eye-ball’ from the sidelines.


11 posted on 08/02/2014 12:58:54 PM PDT by DugwayDuke
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To: TaxPayer2000
The upshot of all this is that viewers — not to mention coaches and team executives — will be able to track every players’ movement in the often chaotic scrum of the typical NFL football game. When a blocking assignment is missed or a receiver is suddenly wide open in the end zone, fans will know precisely which player screwed up, and when and where.

They don't need chips for that, just John Madden on instant replay.

12 posted on 08/02/2014 12:59:58 PM PDT by Hugin ("Do yourself a favor--first thing, get a firearm!")
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To: TaxPayer2000
This is under the guise of enhancing pro football by giving fans and coaches new ways to determine who is getting the job done and who is not.

What happens when the statistics show that Michael Sam is not NFL material?

But you have to ask yourself if this isn't just another stepping stone to getting the public to accept rfid chips for themselves - new world order and all that...

13 posted on 08/02/2014 1:02:34 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: GeronL

Remember that time Al Gore Jr. got lost in the woods? Why did anyone go looking for him?


14 posted on 08/02/2014 1:02:46 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Elian Gonzalez sought asylum and was sent back to Cuba, send these kids back to THEIR parents.)
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To: TaxPayer2000

Okay sorry. I am not a huge baseball fan myself but enjoy local teams. It seems to me that such a system if not feasible now soon will be, and I would not object. Umps could still make calls if system went down, and also call strikes on checked swing.


15 posted on 08/02/2014 1:02:48 PM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: MichaelCorleone
What happens when the statistics show that Michael Sam is not NFL material?

Then he moves to the broadcast booth @ $1 million / yr.

16 posted on 08/02/2014 1:05:23 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: samtheman

Sounds like something that would have been done by The Simpsons, by now.


17 posted on 08/02/2014 1:05:45 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: nascarnation

Or what happens when the real data shows he isn’t nfl material but is manipulated to show that he is?

It’s not the data that counts but who counts the data.


18 posted on 08/02/2014 1:12:09 PM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: MichaelCorleone

“What happens when the statistics show that Michael Sam is not NFL material?”

Nothing, they cut someone else because they are afraid of being called homophobic and excoriated by the homo-loving press.


19 posted on 08/02/2014 1:12:41 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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20 posted on 08/02/2014 1:13:04 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Eccl 10:2

Very possible.
I used to be naive and think that the best players on the roster played in the game.
But after working with a former NFL player, I learned that’s only the case on some teams, not all.


21 posted on 08/02/2014 1:14:25 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: TaxPayer2000

I like it.


22 posted on 08/02/2014 1:17:40 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: nascarnation

You aren’t suggesting that the current administration would take the nation’s most popular game and manipulate it to its advantage, are you???

May it never be!!


23 posted on 08/02/2014 1:18:55 PM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> The upshot of all this is that viewers — not to mention coaches and team executives — will be able to track every players’ movement in the often chaotic scrum of the typical NFL football game. When a blocking assignment is missed or a receiver is suddenly wide open in the end zone, fans will know precisely which player screwed up, and when and where.

This won’t help your loved ones or your estate when an NFL player decides to kill you on his own time, however.

Fantasy League ping.


24 posted on 08/02/2014 1:21:52 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Eccl 10:2

The NFL has Baraqqi regime affiliates at the top of the league itself, the top mgmt of many teams, and a majority of the players.

One owner (Pittsburgh) raised so much dough for Obama they made him an ambassador and staged an Obamacare rally at the stadium with Sebelius.


25 posted on 08/02/2014 1:22:09 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: SoCal Pubbie
As a self professed avid baseball fan, how would you feel if a reliable electronic system was developed to automatically call balls and strikes?

Your faith in technology and those who control it is charming.

26 posted on 08/02/2014 1:32:24 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: SoCal Pubbie

I would love to see that! I used to get so tired of seeing Maddux and Glavine getting the strike call six inches off the outside corner. I also wonder about the effectiveness of pitchers like Koufax and Gibson if they had to pitch with today’s strike zone, where pitches above the belt are rarely called strikes.


27 posted on 08/02/2014 1:34:39 PM PDT by Freestate316 (Know what you believe and why you believe it.)
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To: TaxPayer2000

So, the NFL is putting RFID chips on its players to prevent them from defecting to Canada or Mexico? Bye bye, guys.


28 posted on 08/02/2014 1:35:17 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: Talisker

In a era where professional refs have been exposed for being compromised, I find your faith in human nature amusing.


29 posted on 08/02/2014 1:36:13 PM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: a fool in paradise

hopefully Jimmy Carter warned him about the killer zombie rabbits.


30 posted on 08/02/2014 1:42:16 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: TaxPayer2000

Aren’t most of them wearing ankle bracelets anyway?


31 posted on 08/02/2014 1:42:42 PM PDT by FlJoePa
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To: nascarnation

After he’s the ‘honored guest’ at the WH.


32 posted on 08/02/2014 1:42:51 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: TaxPayer2000

Track them during “scrum”.

Go back to Euwope, yuh weenie.

That’s for Rugby.

American Football has a scrimmage.


33 posted on 08/02/2014 1:44:20 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: TaxPayer2000

They really need tracking chips OFF THE FIELD.


34 posted on 08/02/2014 1:48:03 PM PDT by BobL
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To: nascarnation

This is why I’m never watching another minute of the NBA nor the NFL.

And certainly NEVER spending another dime on them.


35 posted on 08/02/2014 1:51:34 PM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: SoCal Pubbie

I’m trying to say the same people who pay off the umps and refs will run the monitoring technology.


36 posted on 08/02/2014 1:53:47 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Freestate316

“I would love to see that! I used to get so tired of seeing Maddux and Glavine getting the strike call six inches off the outside corner.”

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Six inches?!? Try a foot or more. As long as they hit the catcher’s glove, they got the call. Disgusting.


37 posted on 08/02/2014 1:58:04 PM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: TaxPayer2000

That’s good. Now when there is a drive-by shooting, we’ll be able to find out what NFL player was in the hood at the time.


38 posted on 08/02/2014 1:59:38 PM PDT by Pilgrim's Progress (http://www.baptistbiblebelievers.com/BYTOPICS/tabid/335/Default.aspx)
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To: Eccl 10:2

I am convinced that without those calls, neither one would be HOF. They would have been forced to throw the ball over the plate,and good major league hitters would hit their mediocre fastballs a long way.


39 posted on 08/02/2014 2:03:54 PM PDT by Freestate316 (Know what you believe and why you believe it.)
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To: TaxPayer2000
NFL to Use Tracking Chips on Players

Wow, I read that as tracking chips IN players...

This will just add to the confusion of calling asinine penalties on players that react in split seconds...

Why this player was called for a "defenseless" player hit on a receiver and that player was not..

The difference was .5 second and 5 % less velocity...

"What are you ref, blind" ???

40 posted on 08/02/2014 2:07:46 PM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: TaxPayer2000
And they could use drones to run the bases for them, and there's already
a machine to pitch the ball. While were at it, where are those hotdog vending machines
and beer dispensers? And no more parking lots either, everybody take the bus.

WTH, stadiums are to big, they only need a room with a TV monitor and CGI to
reproduce each play with players named Zeebert, and Zzzbot.

41 posted on 08/02/2014 2:08:18 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: Eccl 10:2

I also notice that when a batter questions an umpire’ s strike call, the batter is almost always right.


42 posted on 08/02/2014 2:08:22 PM PDT by Freestate316 (Know what you believe and why you believe it.)
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To: TaxPayer2000

Great idea. We’ll be able to track the average 12 minutes of actual playing time per game.


43 posted on 08/02/2014 2:08:53 PM PDT by Wolfie
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To: Freestate316

Glavine much more so than Maddux, imho, but the whole staff was like that. It was bizarre.


44 posted on 08/02/2014 2:10:34 PM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: FlJoePa

Aren’t most of them wearing ankle bracelets anyway?

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

HOYOHHHHHHH !!!!!!!!


45 posted on 08/02/2014 2:13:19 PM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: TaxPayer2000
but i would think that an electronic system to automatically call balls and strikes could only enhance the game.

Avid baseball fan for the local team...

I always wondered how umps actually see the ball as a strike or a ball when crouched down behind the catcher...some are obvious ball or strike but many are a close call...

Instead of a electronic device calling the shots, I'd like to see the coach have the ability to have a called pitch reviewed...maybe two or three per game...

I've seen LOT'S of suspect calls when games were on the line...

46 posted on 08/02/2014 2:27:00 PM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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47 posted on 08/02/2014 2:28:38 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: TaxPayer2000
"...As a hardcore baseball guy, I often wonder why people needlessly waste their time on all those other, lesser sports. But I suppose everyone has a right to their insane opinions..."

Soccer.

Golf.

Baseball.

Drying Paint.

In that order.

LOL...I did think that was hilarious...baseball.

48 posted on 08/02/2014 3:38:48 PM PDT by rlmorel ("Anyone who will shift their stance so fluidly in the pursuit of support isn't worth supporting.")
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To: rlmorel; All

“One owner (Pittsburgh) raised so much dough for Obama they made him an ambassador and staged an Obamacare rally at the stadium with Sebelius.”

Yeah, and many of us in Pittsburgh were sick about both things. Ol Dan Rooney must be as senile as Nancy Pelosi.


49 posted on 08/02/2014 4:18:33 PM PDT by PenguinM
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To: SoCal Pubbie
Radar guns have been clocking baseball speed for a long time. How much more difficult can it be to accurately fix ball position as well?

It hasn't been done because it would make game fixing difficult.

50 posted on 08/02/2014 4:33:42 PM PDT by Spirochete (GOP: Give Obama Power)
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