Football Fantasy

By Sara Brown

The NFL regular season starts this month, and this year, the Internet of Things is taking the field. Every player on every NFL team will be equipped with RFID tags affixed to their shoulder pads. The tags will communicate with tracking infrastructure in the stadiums and relay position, speed and direction. They are calling the program Next Gen Stats.

It is easy to see that, in addition to providing fodder for color commentary, the tracking technology could be used to fine tune a team’s or individual player’s performance over time. The league also plans to leverage the information to improve player safety—although they haven’t articulated just how.

It should be fun to see how statistics junkies, like my husband, latch onto the information to inform their Fantasy team decision making and perhaps even scoring. As for me, I’m more interested in the outcome of game than the stats.