The NFL announced on Thursday that it is installing tracking receivers in 17 stadiums that will communicate with transmitters placed in players' shoulder pads to capture precise location measurements during 2014 games.
The technology will allow for the league to collect real-time data, such as position, speed, and distance, which will make statistics such as acceleration and total distance run immediately available to users.
The league said the technology will aim to "enhance the fan experience," and will also be used to help teams "evolve training, scouting and evaluation through increased knowledge of player performance."
The devices will be installed in the 15 stadiums that host a Thursday night game in 2014 (Atlanta, Baltimore, Carolina, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Green Bay, Houston, Jacksonville, Miami, New England, Oakland, San Francisco, St. Louis, Washington), as well as Detroit and New Orleans.
All 32 teams will have data captured over the course of the season.
- Molly Geary