NFL Reportedly to Insert Data Chips into Footballs
The NFL is reportedly finalizing plans to put data chips in certain game footballs. The goal is to precisely analyze place-kicking and ball placement.
ESPN reports the footballs would be used in 2016 preseason and in Thursday night regular-season games. The NFL aims to measure how close extra-point and field-goal attempts come to the uprights. The league hopes the chips would help project how tightening the kickers’ target would affect their conversion rates.
Another goal of using a chip-enabled football could be to help officials determine whether the ball crosses the goal line or determine specific location on plays near the first-down marker.
The league reportedly notified all 32 teams of the plan. Veteran quarterbacks gave the NFL feedback to ensure the balls didn’t behave differently in the air as opposed to regular footballs.
Read more details via Bleacher Report