SBD/April 3, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

NFL Ordering Teams To Install Cameras In Home Locker Rooms, Show Important Replays

The NFL will mandate next season that teams install cameras in home locker rooms, and the teams will have the option to use the video in the stadium during halftime and other breaks in play, as well as on team apps. The move is part of an effort to improve the experience of attending NFL games by providing fans with footage and entertainment they cannot get at home. NFL Exec VP/Business Ventures Eric Grubman today during the opening panel at SBJ/SBD's World Congress Of Sports said the rule was made by the NFL Competition Committee and debated extensively before the league decided to go forward with it. Grubman said, “The content will be available only in stadium and the content will be available only of the home team. You can show it or not show it.” Grubman said that the committee debate came down to two owners. One owner asked the league to make installing the cameras optional. Another asked for the mandate so that he would not have an issue with a coach. There also was concern that if some teams opted to show the video, it would expose teams that did not show the video. Grubman: “You can see the thinking and tension that goes on. At the end of the day, we talked to everybody and we’re going to move forward. We’re going to mandate a number of things. We’re going to mandate cameras. The league also plans to mandate teams show replays in the stadium of important plays during a game such as fumbles and interceptions. Grubman: "We’re going to mandate replays, not just after a disputed call but after a whole series of important plays, fumbles, out of bounds. Now it doesn’t matter if you want your technician to favor the home team. You’re not going to have a choice. Why? Just listen to the fans.”
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