Tuesday, December 21, 2010

First-down laser marker?

What if a fan in an NFL stadium could see the same first down yellow line that those of us at home are treated to each week on football broadcasts? Alan Amron, who has patents for the First Down Laser System, is working with the NFL to try to make that happen.

Amron has partnered with NFL alumnus and announcer, Pat Summerall, in an attempt to make the technology an in-game reality. The product is mounted to the bottom of the actual first down markers at a cost of about $100,000 per sticks set. The technology beams the first down line so that it is visible to players and fans and would, if successful, save the need for the chain gang trotting onto the field to measure for a first down, which happens about once per game.

Now, if he could just do something about those haphazard ball spots by officials during the course of a game!

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