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AFL’s Soul to debut new camera helmet on Sunday


Since the third day of the NFL draft isn’t happening today, and given that there’s only so much churning of the same old B.S. smokescreens that can be done, let’s turn an eye to a lower level of the sport.

Specifically, let’s turn that eye to a league that will be attaching the eye of a lens to the front of a helmet.

Via, the Philadelphia Soul will start using the SchuttVision helmet on Sunday. It has a camera mounted above the face mask, in the spot between the screws on the hairline of the helmet. It provides fans and teams with point-of-view video that can both enhance broadcasts and assist with coaching.

It’s not the first time a football team has used a camera helmet. The World League of American Football (before it became the World League or NFL Europe or, ultimately, NFL Europa) tucked a camera inside the padding for a first-person look at the action.

It’s unknown if or when the NFL would use something similar. The video gets a little choppy as the player moves, making the experience a bit like watching Cloverfield with football and without, you know, whatever the hell that thing was.

And while Sunday apparently will be the first time the Soul use it, it’s already been used by the AFL. Back in March.

But in March there was actually something going on in the NFL. Today, there really isn’t.