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NFL teams love the iPad

NFL teams love the iPad
Kelly Hodgkins
Kelly Hodgkins|@kellyhodgkins|November 15, 2011 2:30 PM

Just before the start of the NFL football season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers equipped their players with iPads to see how a tablet would work as a training tool. A few months into the season and the iPads are a "smashing success" says general manager Mark Dominik.

The iPads include a digital version of the playbook and a custom app written just for the team. They are being used by players to review videos of their opponents and improve their own play. Even coaches have embraced the technology and are using the tablets to screen potential recruits.

Players and coaches may be adopting this technology, but the NFL itself is taking a slower approach. The league bans the use of tablets on the field and prohibits their use within 90 minutes of kickoff. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy says the football league is holding back technology to keep the playing field level for all teams and to "keep as much of the human element in the game."

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