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NFL Putting Cameras In Home Team Locker Rooms

Video Will Add Value To The In-Stadium Experience

The NFL's Eric Grubman said teams will begin recording locker room video next season.
The NFL will require teams to install cameras in home locker rooms for the 2013 season, and the teams will have the option to use the video in the stadium during halftime and other breaks in play.

The move is part of an effort to improve the experience of attending NFL games by providing fans with footage and entertainment that they can’t get at home. Teams will be able to show the video both on video boards and in apps.

During the opening panel of the 2013 IMG World Congress of Sports, NFL Executive Vice President Eric Grubman said the rule was made by the NFL’s competition committee and was debated extensively before it was adopted. The league also plans to require teams to show replays in the stadium of important plays during a game, such as fumbles and interceptions.

“The content will be available only in stadium, and the content will be available only of the home team,” Grubman said. “You can show it or not show it.”Grubman said the debate among members of the competition committee came down to the concerns raised by two owners. One owner asked the league to make installing the cameras optional. Another asked for the mandate, so that he wouldn’t have an issue with a coach. There also was concern that if some teams opted to show the video, it would expose teams that didn’t show the video.

“You can see the thinking and tension that goes on,” Grubman said. “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. 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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