Microsoft had announced a deal with the National Football League (NFL) in 2013 for around $400 million. The deal was a 5 year deal with the objective that Microsoft would be developing technology to make American football more interactive. Since then each season Microsoft’s Surface Pro devices have been used by coaches and referees for monitor during games from the sidelines.
The NFL deal is now in its last year, Microsoft will be pushing very hard to renew the contract. And now they are going forward to provide the match referees with the Surface devices so as to replace “under the hood” replay monitors. In yesterday’s friendly game between Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys, the referee’s were using the Surface replay monitors.
NFL debuts replay tablets tonite. 2 tablets, 1 at each 20 yd line for ref to use during reviews. Replaces under the hood monitor #HOFGame
— Dean Blandino (@DeanBlandino) August 3, 2017
Dean Blandino, the FOX Sports NFL analyst has then confirmed about the debut of these tablets during yesterday’s game. NFL referees will now be using the Surface tablet for the 2017-18 season for replays.
Well, its a good move by Microsoft to make up the most of this last NFL season before the deal will be discussed for renewal. Microsoft Surface has been doing a pretty good job for the NFL coaches and referees.