Roger Goodell says the National Football League should take a technology leap and offer people attending games more than just the product on the field.
The commissioner is pushing teams to provide high-speed wi-fi in their stadiums in order to provide football fans attending games to enhance their experience with access to various features through their mobile devices.
“We believe that it is important to get technology into our stadiums," Goodell said at the spring owners’ meetings in Atlanta this week. "We have made the point repeatedly that the experience at home is outstanding, and we have to compete with that in some fashion by making sure that we create the same kind of environment in our stadiums.”
While admitting getting all 32 stadiums wi-fi ready is a “big undertaking,” the commissioner indicated a possible starting point could be to put wi-fi connectivity in place “in a few stadiums” including the Superdome. New Orleans will host Super Bowl XLVII, on Feb. 3, 2013.
“There are several teams that are very aggressive in this area,” said Goodell. “We talked about, maybe, as an example, New Orleans.”
According to former NFL player and blogger Garry Cobb (GCobb.com), the commissioner knows it is unrealistic to have the technology in place for the start of the 2012 season, but looked to the 2013 season as a distinct possibility, adding that he is looking for a service provider to partner with the NFL and make the whole thing cost effective.
The NFL last year streamed Super Bowl XLVI live on mobile devices and delivered content not available on TV. Providing a similar atmosphere at all games is something about which the commissioner is adamant.
Goodell is quoted by bettor.com as saying, “We want to make sure our fans, when they come into stadiums, don’t have to shut down.”