At one point, the iPad was stereotyped as “just a consumption” device, but that has quickly changed. Today, The Denver Post reports that 120 players, coaches and other staff of the National Football League’s Denver Broncos will each be given an iPad to use as a digital playbook for the 2012 season.
The iPads will be used as a replacement for the bulky 500 page playbooks. In addition, the iPads will provide the team with equipped plays, scouting sports, video clips, and more. Using the software, players and coaches can write notes and highlight plays, and the data will be remotely stored in the cloud.
In fact, this isn’t the first NFL team to ditch playbooks for iPads. The Baltimore Ravens have also ditched printed playbooks in favor of Apple’s iPad.
The NFL does not allows electronic devices on the sideline during games, but players are allowed to use their iPads to prepare for the game. Starting this season, players will be able to use iPads in the locker room until kickoff.