Football manufacturer developing ball with built-in pressure gauge

Wednesday May 20th, 2015

Football manufacturer Big Game USA is developing a football with a built-in pressure gauge, according to ESPN.

The footballs would contain a mechanical sensor that detects when the ball is inflated to 12.5 pounds per square inch. At that point, a "V" would appear on a display screen on the ball, which stands for "vairify," "a play on words between 'verify' and 'air,'" according to ESPN. 

Big Game USA is the leading manufacturer of footballs used at the collegiate level and makes both Nike- and Adidas-branded footballs. The company's owner, Chris Calandro, told ESPN that it could take until fall of 2016 for the product to be ready to be offered.

"We haven't heard from the NCAA or any of the teams we supply footballs to that this is going to happen at the collegiate level," Calandro told "But we want to be prepared if it does."

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NCAA rules dictate that footballs must be between 12.5 and 13.5 psi and weigh between 14 and 15 ounces.

The NFL was rocked by a Deflategate scandal this year after an investigation found that Patriots locker room attendants allegedly participated in a deliberate effort to release air from the team's game balls after the balls were examined by the referee.

- Molly Geary

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