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Helmet cam could be coming to NFL games

As the NFL moves toward using drones to enhance the images generated by football games, an old-school technology (relatively speaking) could be taking fans into the huddle — and elsewhere on the gridiron.

Nearly a quarter century after the World League of American Football used a camera tucked into the padding of a helmet to display in-game images, the NFL could eventually be using the SchuttVision system, with a camera between the facemask screws at the hairline of the helmet, during games.

“This is something that networks want in their broadcasts,” product inventor JR Liverman told Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  “I don’t have a crystal ball in knowing when that will happen. I absolutely believe that this will be integrated into the broadcasts on all levels of football over the next years.”

The Arena Football League began using the SchuttVision helmet this season, and teams at lower levels of the sport previously implemented helmet cameras for practice sessions.  The Steelers have become the first NFL team to adopt SchuttVision for training purposes, and others surely will follow suit.  (The Bears added their own camera to the side of a quarterback’s helmet last year.)

It seems to be only a matter of time before the cameras blanketing the field will be complemented by cameras in the field, with that footage eventually becoming the source of evidence to overturn, or to uphold, key calls.

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60 Responses to “Helmet cam could be coming to NFL games”
  1. jjb0811 says: Jun 23, 2014 1:56 PM

    Guess we still won’t need to pay big bucks for the ‘in game experience.’

  2. unfkwthabl says: Jun 23, 2014 1:56 PM

    I would love to see a deep ball coming into the hands of megatron… or see a hole as Charles does… as long as its VERY inconspicuous.. like a small hole in the front… nothing bulky at all.

  3. boutthatactionboss says: Jun 23, 2014 1:57 PM

    I can’t wait one on Cam Chancellor. The “CAM CAM”.

  4. thepftpoet says: Jun 23, 2014 1:59 PM

    Bill Bellichick must be foaming at his mouth right now.

  5. jmikeh73 says: Jun 23, 2014 2:00 PM

    I’m seriously not watching the NFL anymore. Next we’ll get “showercams.”

  6. Deelron says: Jun 23, 2014 2:01 PM

    If only there was some way to make the footage from a helmet cam actually look good for a broadcast.

  7. thepftpoet says: Jun 23, 2014 2:01 PM

    I know which players helmet cam they’re going to use to broadcast Seahawks games.

    Percy Harvin.

    A perfect view from the field – directly from the bench, while sitting out injured like usual.

  8. r8rsfan says: Jun 23, 2014 2:03 PM

    The separation of Hollywood and the NFL continues to narrow. One could argue there are just as many diva’s playing WR and CB in the NFL as there are with stars on the sidewalk.

  9. turtlefox1 says: Jun 23, 2014 2:04 PM


  10. minnesotablizzard says: Jun 23, 2014 2:09 PM

    The NFL is a microcosm of America. Cameras everywhere.

  11. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 23, 2014 2:18 PM

    This is bad news, it means it’s not already here.

  12. notan9ner says: Jun 23, 2014 2:20 PM

    people still go to nfl games?

  13. FinFan68 says: Jun 23, 2014 2:21 PM

    It would be OK for replays but I don’t want to see a live play from the perspective of any single player. That would not be an enhancement at all

  14. SilentMajority says: Jun 23, 2014 2:22 PM

    We’re moving towards Virtual Reality helmets and motion seats for fans.

    Don’t worry the tax payers will pick up the tab, so there will be no worry about the cost cutting into the profits of the NFL owners…

  15. afcdomination says: Jun 23, 2014 2:24 PM

    honestly always felt it was a bit too “XFL”. I have seen it in the football video games since unnecessary roughness in 1994. and I have never liked it.

    is it so bad to want to keep things how they are? maybe add that spring development league where they can implement some of this stuff and see if it changes the feel of the broadcast. use that as the testing ground.

  16. pnut87 says: Jun 23, 2014 2:26 PM

    More reasons to not buy overpriced tickets and even more overpriced hotdogs.

  17. billsfan says: Jun 23, 2014 2:30 PM

    I just hope they take the necessary precautions to protect those cameras in a blow to the head. Those cameras are expensive!

  18. mclovin07 says: Jun 23, 2014 2:32 PM

    I hope not. Helmet cam is unfortunately not very good IMO…

  19. zoxitic says: Jun 23, 2014 2:38 PM

    They need to install cameras In the ground too akin to nascar

  20. ravens634 says: Jun 23, 2014 2:38 PM

    another reason to watch the game at home..smooth move NFL.

  21. dowhatifeellike says: Jun 23, 2014 2:38 PM

    It’ll be hard to argue that a guy isn’t concussed when a blow breaks his helmet cam.

  22. nosleeptilsb says: Jun 23, 2014 2:41 PM

    They lost me at Helmet.

  23. greenwhodat26 says: Jun 23, 2014 2:43 PM

    The “RB Cam” from ESPN NFL Football 2005 was pretty sick. In the real game, not so much…

  24. weepingjebus says: Jun 23, 2014 2:45 PM

    Hoping they make the helmet with one of those huge 80s style VHS camcorders bolted to the top. The whole thing would weigh like 30 lbs, it would be hilarious.

  25. r8dernation says: Jun 23, 2014 2:49 PM

    Helmet Cam is lame, always will be. What would truly be the ultimate view is “eyeball cam”. Helmets can’t track where the player is looking or seeing, but an eyeball cam would show exactly what the player is looking at, or looking to avoid.

  26. Marshawn Lunch says: Jun 23, 2014 2:51 PM

    The best way the NFL could handle this is to deny letting the broadcasts use this. The NFL should put cameras in all the skill position players and put the video feed up live on the NFL website so the fans can logon and watch whatever player they choose and/or switch between players at will.

  27. supesfan34 says: Jun 23, 2014 2:53 PM

    What a stupid idea. I guess helmet cam replays are when people can leave and use the bathroom…

  28. floreskins says: Jun 23, 2014 2:54 PM

    Welcome to the XFL!!

  29. thisguy124 says: Jun 23, 2014 2:59 PM

    Now we can see Romo choke from his point of view.

  30. electricboogalo says: Jun 23, 2014 3:08 PM

    Needs more fisheye lense!

  31. bigbenh8tr says: Jun 23, 2014 3:11 PM

    Apparently the Vikings won’t have these bc only teams who have won SBs are being offered this technology

  32. dowhatifeellike says: Jun 23, 2014 3:16 PM

    I think this would be good for training and review purposes, but for entertainment? Pass.

  33. deeroi says: Jun 23, 2014 3:17 PM

    If they indeed add these I want one on Alec Ogletree or Chris Long. Both have a tendency to sing during games and that would be absolutely hilarious. If the cameras could capture audio of course!

  34. thingamajig says: Jun 23, 2014 3:18 PM

    “with that footage eventually becoming the source of evidence to overturn, or to uphold, key calls.”

    Reviewing another 22 cameras footage should speed up the game. Get ready for 5 hour football games and the additional commercials.

  35. thetruthcampaign says: Jun 23, 2014 3:20 PM

    3D IMAX Helmet Cam?

  36. scmems07 says: Jun 23, 2014 3:29 PM

    i can hear the commentary for niner games now

    “looking in on what colin kaepernick is see’ing now, coming up to the line, hikes the ball, plenty of time, see’s crabtree….wait, he starts to scramble and gets tackled for a 2 yard gain on 3rd and 9!”

    “i dont know what happen troy, looking through his cam you could clearly see that johnson and boldin were wide open but he only went through his first read and scrambled”

  37. bmoreforevermore says: Jun 23, 2014 3:43 PM

    If they want peoplento see what it’s like on the field they should just let people play.

  38. pftpoetisaaronrodgers says: Jun 23, 2014 3:51 PM

    I’m actually a little intrigued by this idea. Might be cool — if it is not overused.

  39. dolphan23 says: Jun 23, 2014 3:53 PM

    The Dolphins do it for the pregame stuff to show fans an inside look. Pretty sweet!

  40. rav3nsownste3lers says: Jun 23, 2014 4:09 PM

    There doing this to aid the garbage patriots who have won a grand total of ZERO superbowls since spygate.

  41. scw1993 says: Jun 23, 2014 4:25 PM

    Will the camera show flacco’s 20 million/year salary, and the Ravens not making the playoffs?

  42. johnnymarlin says: Jun 23, 2014 4:41 PM

    Maybe someday we’ll have the technology to place cameras at both ends of the goal line!

  43. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 23, 2014 4:43 PM

    There doing this to aid the garbage patriots who have won a grand total of ZERO superbowls since spygate.

    The picture of irony a Ravens fan calling someone garbage….does Ray Rice sound familiar speaking of garbage?

  44. emmettotter says: Jun 23, 2014 4:52 PM

    Coaches will have to tell players to stop taking selfies during games in the opponents helmets, I guarantee.

  45. ghost26 says: Jun 23, 2014 4:52 PM

    “This is something that networks want in their broadcasts,” product inventor JR Liverman told Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I don’t have a crystal ball in knowing when that will happen. I absolutely believe that this will be integrated into the broadcasts on all levels of football over the next years.”

    How about making a safer helmet??? Good thing player safety always come first w/ Goodell.

  46. mcallistersan says: Jun 23, 2014 5:14 PM

    Ridell just bought the company I work for that already puts cameras directly into helmets. It’s called BULT.

    Good luck with that contract.

  47. cuda1234 says: Jun 23, 2014 5:22 PM

    Make sure to leave the mic’s on to generate more fine money!

  48. cuda1234 says: Jun 23, 2014 5:23 PM

    Any one else remember the Orlando Thunder’s Scott Mitchell getting his head knocked off while wearing one of those? Sky, turn, sky, turf …..

  49. trubroncfan07 says: Jun 23, 2014 5:28 PM

    This has goodell written all over it. Sounds like something the XFL did when they were around.

  50. curmudgeon13 says: Jun 23, 2014 6:38 PM

    How about diaper cams for Peyton and his receivers for the Seattle/Denver rematch?

  51. nosleeptilsb says: Jun 23, 2014 6:58 PM

    Wow,…just got off the phone with God. He said George Halas and Vince Lombardi were hanging 10 on cloud 9 giving the middle finger salute to Goodell and the nerds behind the goofy robot ‘Jethro’ from Fox Sports. We salute you Dork nation!

  52. halfmanhalfbearhalfpig says: Jun 23, 2014 7:13 PM

    I thought this post was going to be about the designer of helmet cams…and his opinion of the term “Redskins”

  53. MichaelEdits says: Jun 23, 2014 7:46 PM

    I love the idea of helmet cam because I played three years without a helmet. I have no idea what it looks like from under there.

  54. riverhorsey says: Jun 23, 2014 7:48 PM

    I’d much rather have helmet mic. Hands down would love to HEAR the live talk.

  55. danno1212 says: Jun 23, 2014 8:00 PM

    Found footage football!

  56. stampnhawk says: Jun 23, 2014 9:43 PM

    The WLAF had helmet cams in 1991.

  57. bert1913 says: Jun 23, 2014 10:07 PM

    i would love to see santa clara’s 1 read then run qb in action

  58. thetooloftools says: Jun 23, 2014 10:59 PM

    I Loved that World Football League helmet cam. Sometimes you can see a QB just getting BLASTED with crazy head shots. I really liked seeing what the QB saw as far as watching pass routes develop. I hope someday someone is smart enough to go split screen. That would kick (|) !

  59. johnycomments says: Jun 24, 2014 3:10 AM

    This could be great for tough calls, potentially interesting for replays of certain moves and all out great fun to see a flagrant face-masking from either or both angles. Even that ‘eye-ball’ view isn’t impossible, if they can swivel a go-pro based on eye tracking of that player it’d tell anyone watching where he is or isn’t looking. Obviously not everyone would want that or resist the temptation to abuse it.

  60. bsandersislegend20 says: Jun 24, 2014 2:23 PM

    It’d be great seeing GoPro’s on everyone’s helmet! Hahahaha sweet jesus.

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