"As you probably noticed, I'm done with tablets."


While we're on the topic of football, here's a fun one. When I shared the GIF a couple weeks ago of Patriots coach Bill Belichick smashing a Microsoft Surface tablet on the sidelines, I thought he was just pissed off about a play gone bad -- I didn't realize he actually hates the tablets. In his own words:

"They’re just too undependable for me. I’m going to stick with pictures as several of our other coaches do as well because there just isn’t enough consistency in the performance of the tablets. I just can’t take it anymore."

That's pretty damning, and certainly not what Microsoft thought it was getting when it signed a $400 million exclusive deal a couple years ago...

As Fitz Tepper notes:

So why is the sideline technology so hard to get right? The tablets (as well as headphones and all other sideline technology) are owned and maintained by the NFL. That means it gets delivered to teams literally hours before the game and taken away when it ends. This makes it hard for teams to test for issues before a game and to troubleshoot when something goes wrong.
If the NFL allowed teams to choose their own sideline technology, team staff would be able to test it ahead of time and have people standing by ready to quickly fix potential issues. Oh, and we’d probably see a lot more iPads on the field.

Instead, we'll see more pictures, apparently.


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