NFL-Amazon Web Services Partnership Focused On Injuries
A new partnership between the NFL and Amazon Web Services "hopes merging science and technology can help bring a bit more order" in the realm of sports injuries, according to Adam Hill of the LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday announced the project, saying that the league is "committed to reimagining the future of the game." The league will "leverage AWS' technology to better understand when and why injuries happen, utilizing data on rules, speed, equipment, recovery strategies, field conditions and other factors." The partnership will at first "center on creating a simulation system called The Digital Athlete where virtual players can be used to simulate game scenarios millions of times to identify potential health risks." The program will apply AWS' "artificial intelligence, machine learning products and computer vision technologies with video feeds, historical data and environmental factors." Goodell said, "The number one priority is to make the game safer for the players." The NFL first partnered with AWS in '17 to "power its Next-Gen Stats" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 12/6). The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Andrew Beaton notes the injury factors the NFL and AWS will study could include the "type of route a wide receiver runs or the types of blocks that linemen execute," as well as the "cleats players wear and the surface the game is played on" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 12/6).