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Players, coaches told iPads are banned on game day

Raheem Morris AP

We noted last month that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have put their playbooks on iPads. But those high-tech playbooks can’t be used in the locker room before games, or on the sidelines during games.

As noted by Charley Casserly of CBS today, the NFL has a decidedly low-tech policy when it comes to what’s allowed on game days: Players and coaches are absolutely not allowed to use computers, tablets and other electronic devices, or allowed to watch film during games. The league reminded every team that iPads apply.

So from 90 minutes before kickoff until the end of a game, there’s absolutely no use of iPads by anyone: Not coaches, not players.

Unfortunately for Bart Scott, that rule does not apply to fans.

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12 Responses to “Players, coaches told iPads are banned on game day”
  1. mkepackfan says: Sep 11, 2011 12:36 PM

    Wonder when we’ll hear our first “Player X loses playbook iPad in home burglary/airport/etc”.

    Hopefully the teams assign the players the 4 digit passcode and set the hd to auto wipe after 10 unsuccessful security logins.

  2. dbellina says: Sep 11, 2011 12:38 PM

    What if Angry Birds releases new levels during the game? How are the players supposed to play it now?

  3. gbiscottagecheesefatties says: Sep 11, 2011 12:40 PM

    well what about all the other tablets LOL. How is this news. who the frank cares

  4. scudbot says: Sep 11, 2011 12:49 PM

    Deep in the catacombs under Gillette Stadium, a Navajo Code Talker reads iPad screens…

  5. borisbulldog says: Sep 11, 2011 12:51 PM

    the 4 digit passcode and set the hd to auto wipe after 10 unsuccessful security logins.

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    I can break the 4 digit code way before 10 attempts!

    No a 10 digit code is another story.

  6. pensacolavolfan says: Sep 11, 2011 12:58 PM

    ipads have major security problems is my guess as to why they can’t be used.

  7. ssn760 says: Sep 11, 2011 1:01 PM

    How/why are Ipads or any kind of computer banned? I assume because of the perception of some kind of competitive advantage, but what advantage could you actually gain (assuming all teams are allowed to use them)?

  8. duanethomas says: Sep 11, 2011 1:18 PM

    Stupid policy, the IPad is where the players have all their music stored. The majority if not all players listen to music before the game to get into the zone.

  9. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Sep 11, 2011 1:45 PM

    borisbulldog says:Sep 11, 2011 12:51 PM

    I can break the 4 digit code way before 10 attempts!

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    Okay Rainman…

  10. tednguyen73 says: Sep 11, 2011 2:10 PM

    I guess that doesn’t apply to Arian Foster carrying a cell phone while on the sidelines of the game.

  11. tednguyen73 says: Sep 11, 2011 2:12 PM

    Ipods are NOT Ipads. It would be stupid for a player to be carrying around a tablet while stretching or warming up pregame

  12. tednguyen73 says: Sep 11, 2011 3:21 PM

    duanethomas says:
    Sep 11, 2011 1:18 PM
    Stupid policy, the IPad is where the players have all their music stored. The majority if not all players listen to music before the game to get into the zone.
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    Ipods are NOT Ipads. It would be stupid for a player to be carrying around a tablet while stretching or warming up pregame

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