NFL Sidelines To Receive Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Upgrade This Season
Instead, this is about Microsoft's continued efforts to gain exposure for its Surface line through a partnership with the NFL. For the upcoming season, coaches on the sidelines will receive Surface Pro 3 tablets
Coaches will benefit from bigger screens and a whiteboard mode for concocting plays on the fly. The tablets will also be lighter than the ones they used last year. In addition, the NFL is toying with the idea of video replays on the Surface Pro 3, with coaches being able to zoom in and annotate videos with the included stylus. However, that functionality will only be tested during the preseason -- once the regular season rolls into view, video replays will be off limit, at least for this season.
Microsoft has spent millions of dollars getting its Surface slates in the hands of NFL coaches and commentators. However, things didn't get off to a smooth start. On more than one occasion, commentators and announcers would refer to the Surface Pro 2 tablets as iPads, while Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler called them "
We don't expect to see any such gaffes this season, but like Kevin Garnett once said, anything is possible.