All you stats lovers out there are going to be pretty happy about this news.
— NFL345 (@NFL345) July 31, 2014
“It’s exciting to partner with an innovator like the NFL, where we will provide real-time data and information to coaches, broadcasters and fans to enrich the game experience,'” said Zebra Technologies CEO Anders Gustafsson.
To achieve this stat tracking, the NFL is going to put RFID chips inside the shoulder pads of every player on the field. Couple that will receivers installed throughout the stadium, and you have the ability to log accurate location measurements.
“Working with Zebra will give fans, teams, coaches and players a deeper look into the game they love,” said Vishal Shah, NFL Vice President of Media Strategy. “Zebra’s tracking technology will help teams to evolve training, scouting and evaluation through increased knowledge of player performance, as well as provide ways for our teams and partners to enhance the fan experience.”
The tech won’t be available in all stadiums, however – only 17 of them. Those include Atlanta, Baltimore, Carolina, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Green Bay, Houston, Jacksonville, Miami, New England, Oakland, San Francisco, St. Louis, Washington, Detroit, and New Orleans.
Zebra Technologies has previously partnered with NASCAR.