Microsoft signed the landmark partnership with the NFL three years ago to change the game. Coaches and players who were using static, black-and-white photos of NFL plays to analyze coverage are now use Surface devices to view more dynamic, full-color images, up to seven times faster than the printed page to be more competitive. Also more than half of NFL franchises are using Surfaces end-to-end, as playbooks, to watch video and as a laptop replacement in their front office to handle the administrative duties of running the team. Microsoft today highlighted some facts regarding Surface devices used in the NFL since some online publications are reporting that Surface tablets failed during the recent AFC game.
- Microsoft Surfaces have not experienced a single failure in the two years they’ve been used on NFL sidelines. In the past two years, Surfaces have supported nearly 100,000 minutes of sideline action, and in that time, not a single issue has been reported that is related to the tablet itself. On rare occasions like we saw on Sunday, the stadium has network issues that prevent the delivery of images to the Surface devices. In these cases, we work with the NFL to quickly troubleshoot possible network issues so we can get the photo imaging solution to proceed as normal.
- Surface usage amongst NFL teams continues to grow. The NFL is not only a game of inches, it’s also a game of seconds. In addition to the widespread adoption of Surface tablets in the coaches’ booth, more teams are turning to Surface tablets during the critical moments of the game because they can better quality images faster. And every second counts.
- Teams are more effective as a result of Surface tablets. There are dozens of testimonials like this one from Mike McCarthy of the Green Bay Packers, praising Surface for increasing team productivity and effectiveness. The now infamous clips of Johnny Manziel and Aaron Rogers abusing their Surface devices are further evidence of two things: 1) players are getting information faster, even if they don’t always like what they see and 2) these devices were built to endure just about anything, even Johnny Manziel’s head.
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