SBD/August 12, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies

NFL's New Sideline Tablets Face Logistical Dilemma Of Stadium Wi-Fi Connections

Spotty Wi-Fi connections may not allow tablets to function for the entirety of games
The Wi-Fi at FedExField for Thursday night's Patriots-Redskins preseason game was a "little wonky," making it "difficult for the coaches on the sidelines to use tablets," according to Ben Volin of the BOSTON GLOBE. However, this likely "isn't a problem unique" to FedExField, as "most stadiums still don't have the infrastructure to allow 70,000-plus people to use wireless internet at stadiums during games." Patriots coach Bill Belichick said, "I’d say the quality of the tablets is good, and the clarity of the pictures and all that is good, better than what we had. The issues are that ... if the Wi-Fi isn’t connected or isn’t working or something happens, then you have nothing, you have zero. That happened in our game." He added, "So in the press box, they’re good. On the field ... again with the people I've talked to, there haven’t been a lot of instances where they functioned for the entirety of the game" (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/11). Lions President Tom Lewand said of the tablets, "This is much more immediate, much more dynamic, much clearer. And like a lot of technology, it’s easier to organize once you get used to the technology" (FREEP.com, 8/8).
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