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Denver Broncos to switch to iPad playbooks

updated 05:00 pm EDT, Mon April 23, 2012

Previously wasted 500 pages per person, per week

The Denver Broncos are transitioning to iPad playbooks for the new season, says the Denver Post. The NFL team previously printed new paper books each week for all of its 120 staff members, including players, coaches, scouts, and others. Each book measured roughly 500 pages, wasting substantial amounts of money and paper.

Each Broncos iPad contains material such as updated game plans, scouting reports, and video clips. If the team's head coach adds a play, it will in fact be pushed to staff automatically. "The advantage is that when they leave the building, they can take everything home with them very easily and watch tape at night and review the game plan installation," explains the team's general manager, Brian Xanders. "This is their full-time job -- to prepare and do whatever they can to help us win each week."

The NFL is said to be cautious about technology, and is still banning many electronic devices from the sidelines during games, including tablets. This year is in fact the first time the league is allowing devices like iPads in the time between the locker room and kickoff; an earlier rule stated that devices had to be removed 90 minutes prior to gametime. Only two other teams have switched to tablets: the Baltimore Ravens and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Post states that the NFL might eventually allow devices on sidelines for tasks such as viewing photos of formations and plays. At the moment, players must still look at printouts.

For the Broncos the iPad expenditure will still not be cheap, since all of purchased units are Verizon 4G models, many of them top-of-the-line 64GB systems costing $829 apiece. 4G access will however be particularly useful for the tablets' PlaeryLync-developed app, which stores playbooks remotely, including previously-inaccessible ones from earlier games. The team will be able to remote-wipe an iPad if necessary, and the app will automatically delete its playbook if a connection is lost after a set amount of time.

Future plans include pushing video to iPads as soon as possible, and even integrating business and player operations.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Using an iPad as a "Playbook"? Great idea!

    Uh... can you hear that? Yes, it's that faint sound of RIM managers sobbing.

  1. Makosuke

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not that expensive

    That's actually not all that expensive. If you do the math, it works out to about a million pages printed per season.

    Assuming decent paper and a so-so black and white cost-per-page, that's about $50K. If the pages usually look more like the image in this article, with a considerable amount of color coverage, it would be at bare minimum $100K, and could easily run between a half million and a million bucks, depending on the printers they're using and the color page breakdown.

    If the iPads cost them $100K they are pretty much guaraneed to pay for themselves in a single season, and could easily be a quarter of what printing cost.

  1. DrSkywalker

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It still won't help...

    ... when Peyton's frozen fingers can't move the ball around in the dead of winter they will still be ultimately disappointed that the investment in Manning didn't work out.

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    As long as they're not

    getting the feed from the networks, I don't care.
    The first time a commentator says, "I don't know why they keep passing, their opponent has no run defense," and the game goes to the ground, I'm changing the channel. :P

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