When an inexperienced football fan attends his first game, he might wonder aloud why there’s no yellow first down line on the field — while everyone laughs at him. An inventor has nailed down some technology that may eliminate such awkward circumstances.
CNBC reports the NFL is considering souped-up first down markers that emit a broadcast-like laser marker across the width of the field. The technology, which could come into play in a preseason game next season, could revolutionize the way the game is watched and played. The laser line could cut down on game-delaying measurements and allow the cash cow league to haul in even more money.
From the story:
“We estimate that the referees measure for a first down at least once per game, which is at the very least a minute and half,” said the inventor, who is awaiting FDA approval. “We looked at how much that was worth from preseason through the Super Bowl in advertising time and we came up with $325 million.”
Do you welcome or fear the prospect of a laser first down marker? What other technology should the NFL add to its repertoire?