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NFL mandates locker-room cameras for in-stadium viewing


I think we’re gonna need a bigger towel. Especially if Visanthe Shiancoe is still in the league.

NFL executive V.P. Eric Grubman announced Wednesday at the 2013 IMG World Congress of Sports that the league will require all teams to install cameras in locker rooms this year. The goal, via, will be to show home-team footage captured before the game and at halftime to the fans in attendance at the stadium, either on video boards or via a smartphone app.

Fans won’t get anything that would compromise the home team’s strategy. The home team will have the discretion to decide which footage to use, and whether to include audio.

The obvious goal will be to give the folks who pay for tickets something they can’t get at home, making it more likely that they will pay for tickets.

That’s one of the biggest challenges the NFL currently faces. As the in-home viewing experience becomes more advanced (and, more importantly, cheaper), the NFL needs to come up with ways to make fans want to be in the stands and not on their couches.