There’s no question that the hottest tech trend right now are iPads and other tablets. This trend might soon cross over into sports, where NFL teams such as the Dallas Cowboys are looking to abandon their traditional paper playbooks in favor of iPads and other tablets.
Not only will this move save about 5,000 pages of paper printouts per game, it will provide some technological advantages as well. Imagine a coaching staff on the sidelines, immediately gaining access to high-quality photos of the previous play, being able to sort through large sets of plays, and being able to calculate playcalling trends by their opponents, literally in the palm of their hands.
With some tablets having the capability of being remotely wiped, teams no longer run the risk of their playbooks getting misplaced and falling into the hands of their opponents. Previously, teams would issue entirely new playbooks when this happened. However, there is concern of hackers breaking into them wirelessly and stealing plays. The league is currently discussing the issue of how to secure the devices.
If the NFL adopts the use of tablets, it will be an interesting sight to see some old-school coaches fumbling around with their tablets. Bill Simmons, a sports columnist for ESPN, who often pokes fun at Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid for his poor clock management, has already predicted that Reid would be the first coach to struggle with adopting the new technology.