Earlier this month, Gartner published a report which indicates that Apple will continue to dominate the tablet market for the next few years. The report sees Apple leading the tablet market with 169.7 million units by 2016 – thereby maintaining a more than 45 per cent worldwide share of the booming sector.
And it’s not hard to understand why the Apple iPad is the ‘King of Tablets’. Whether it’s business, education, entertainment or sports, the iPad has been a monumental success in all verticals. In NFL, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Baltimore Ravens have already embraced the iPad to go the digital route for play book content.
A report in the Denver Post yesterday mentioned that the Denver Broncos are in the process of moving the weekly team playbooks from the traditional printed copy to a digital version on the iPad. While the Broncos have been in the news for their new, high-powered quarterback for this season, I won’t be surprised if the iPads in the locker rooms prove to be the real game-changer for their 2012-2013 NFL season.
Till date, the Broncos used to produce 120 500-page playbooks every week of the season. The plan now is to hand out iPads that feature the week’s game plan, scouting reports, video clips and other relevant data. The move will help save paper as well as allow making anytime updates to every player’s iPad remotely to share the game tapes and weekly game plan information.
Broncos have reportedly purchased 120 iPads at around $700 each, costing a total of about $84,000. The team has partnered with Parker-based technology startup PlayerLync which provides app allows players and coaches to write notes and highlight plays using the tablet’s touchscreen. The playbooks are then saved on remote computer servers, allowing players to access notes from previous games.
Interestingly, NFL still restricts the use of technology during games and electronic devices such as tablets are strictly prohibited on the sideline during games. However, things may change soon as it’s believed that the league may soon open up to using technology on the sidelines for specific purposes, such as for coaches and players to view still photos of in-game formations and plays. At the moment, players are forced to use paper playbooks and it isn’t convenient or environment friendly to say the least.
And given the buzz about the iPad, it won’t be surprising if more NFL teams adopt it sooner than later.