Since 2015, every player in the National Football League has been part cyborg. Well, kind of: Embedded in their shoulder pads is an RFID chip that can measurement hasten, distance traveled, acceleration, and deceleration. Those chippings broadcast shift report, accurate to within six inches, to electronic receivers in every stadium. Even the pellets carry chips.
So far, that data has abode within the walls of individuals crew, helping participates and tutors understand offensive and defensive motifs. But this week, the NFL’s competition committee made good on its intention to share data on all 22 players after every game–with all the teams.
That move will give opponents a greater understanding of actor action from all the regions of the tournament. But it could also begin to change the essence of the game. Much of the challenges facing boasts is the ability to quickly process and react to information, an instinctual endowment of great coach-and-fours and players. By stripping away some of the uncertainty of race, data will alter who holds that analytical advantage–and introduce some new ethical questions.
New information is always changing how the game is played, of course; coaches and athletics scientists have been using GPS for over a decade to assess physical achievement and the necessity of achieving recovery. “Everyone is and will ever look for an perimeter, ” responds Dave Anderson, former NFL wide receiver and co-founder of the Gains Group, a plays and technology consultancy. “In professional plays, where discrepancies between acquires and damages are paper thin, any potential advantage should be taken seriously.” The theme is what potential advantage should be considered rule-abiding–and what intersects the line.