League explains “Sideline Viewing System” regarding tablet use

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In response to the blurb based on the blurb from JoeBucsFan.com that was based on the blurb in the Tampa Bay Business Journal, the league has given us enough information to craft yet another blurb.

(I need a thesaurus.)

The Buccaneers’ use of tablets during games falls under the umbrella of a new pilot program known as the “Sideline Viewing System.”  It permits teams only to use tablets in lieu of black-and-white paper photos of pre-snap and post-snap images.  For now, teams have the ability to decide whether to continue with the old system or to use the new one.

The system gained approval of the Competition Committee earlier this year.  It could eventually replace the current mechanism for looking at photos during games.

Instead of the lower-quality black-and-white pictures, the tablets will deliver high-definition, color images over a secure wireless system.  Coaches and players will be able to draw on the photos and save their notes.

Teams also will be permitted to take the tablets to the locker room during halftime to review photos with notes.  During halftime, however, the tablets won’t be connected to the wireless system.

That’s the extent of it, for now.  The tablets won’t be used in lieu of laminated play sheets (for now), to call plays (for now), to determine whether to go for two (for now), to replace via oversized screens the photos shown by the Eagles to the players on the field (for now, or likely ever), or to do anything else.

Surely, the league will at least consider expanding the system to other possible applications, as the old-school chalk-and-slate coaches become more comfortable with new technologies that really aren’t so new.

13 responses to “League explains “Sideline Viewing System” regarding tablet use

  1. Then qbs will start wearing those smartphone watches to keep plays on and for the coach to text the plays in …. Then we’re one step closer to those FOX robots playing the game instead of humans. Hopefully the league will at least let THEM hit.

  2. .

    There’s nothing that would forbid a team from filming an opponents defensive signals from it’s own sideline. Whatever was alleged in the so called “spygate” affair is now street legal.


  3. How long until Google Glass (or something like it) is built into players (especially QBs) helmets. It’s fun living in the future…

  4. Asked to comment on MLB’s reluctance to use technology, Bud Selig said, “Wi-Fi? Is that a better version of Hi-Fi?”

  5. 6ball says:
    Jun 17, 2014 9:55 AM

    There’s nothing that would forbid a team from filming an opponents defensive signals from it’s own sideline. Whatever was alleged in the so called “spygate” affair is now street legal.

    That’s the exact thing I was thinking. Tells you right there how silly camera gate really was as far as “competitive advantage” if you don’t realize it already.

    “Secure wireless system” indeed. A 5 year old could probably hack one of those. I’m not a technophobe by any means, but I’ve never seen an old school laminated play sheet or those sideline pictures destroyed by bad weather like an electronic device could be. Sometimes old methods are the better way to go.

  6. I think this is a bad idea because these networks can always be hacked…. Hackers at a game could wreak havoc on a team…. My brother can hack any secure wireless in under 5 minutes……

  7. Hope they have an awfully big budget for these things, and can even remotely begin to keep track of them. These are going to be broken left and right, and go missing as often as not.

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