Skip to comments.NFL to Use Tracking Chips on Players
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.
Football Uniforms Throughout History
For the initial rollout, the RFID system will be used in 17 of the NFLs 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 NFLs 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 broadcasts standard two-second delay.
Should Kids Play Football?
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.
This must mean on their uniforms while they are playing.
Not under their skin — while they are punching out women in elevators.
As a self professed avid baseball fan, how would you feel if a reliable electronic system was developed to automatically call balls and strikes?
We don’t want them to get lost on the field
The league might should consider electronic monitoring devices for a lot of their players during the off season too.
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.
Suggested that a long time ago.
Off the field is where they really need them.
Are you kidding me? This is long overdue.
How about mini-MRIs in the helmets to instantly record brain damage and report it up on the screen.
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.
They don't need chips for that, just John Madden on instant replay.
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...
Remember that time Al Gore Jr. got lost in the woods? Why did anyone go looking for him?
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.
Then he moves to the broadcast booth @ $1 million / yr.
Sounds like something that would have been done by The Simpsons, by now.
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.
“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.
"Free Republic is here to continue fighting for independence and freedom and against the unconstitutional encroachment of ever expanding socialist government...
We believe in the founding principles with all our hearts and mean to defend them to our dying breath..."
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.
I like it.
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!!
> 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.
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.
Your faith in technology and those who control it is charming.
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.
So, the NFL is putting RFID chips on its players to prevent them from defecting to Canada or Mexico? Bye bye, guys.
In a era where professional refs have been exposed for being compromised, I find your faith in human nature amusing.
hopefully Jimmy Carter warned him about the killer zombie rabbits.
Aren’t most of them wearing ankle bracelets anyway?
Track them during “scrum”.
Go back to Euwope, yuh weenie.
That’s for Rugby.
American Football has a scrimmage.
They really need tracking chips OFF THE FIELD.
This is why I’m never watching another minute of the NBA nor the NFL.
And certainly NEVER spending another dime on them.
I’m trying to say the same people who pay off the umps and refs will run the monitoring technology.
“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.
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.
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.
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" ???
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.
I also notice that when a batter questions an umpire’ s strike call, the batter is almost always right.
Great idea. We’ll be able to track the average 12 minutes of actual playing time per game.
Glavine much more so than Maddux, imho, but the whole staff was like that. It was bizarre.
Arent most of them wearing ankle bracelets anyway?
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...
In that order.
LOL...I did think that was hilarious...baseball.
“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.
It hasn't been done because it would make game fixing difficult.