It is estimated that 100 million+ people watch the Super Bowl each year, putting a lot of pressure on all of the refs and officials who will be calling the game and potentially making game winning and losing decisions. Luckily this year, they have lots of technological tools that helped them make precise calls.
First of all, there is the Art McNally Game Day Central at NFL Headquarters in New York. In this central station are 90 monitors that connect to stadiums all over the country so plays can be reviewed from any angle and calls can be made 100% correctly. Though command central is not new, the way it works now it. According to NFL CIO Michelle McKenna, before last year, officials were not able to communicate in real time with the command center, so if they needed advice, they were on their own.
However, now they are in communication with this center during games. The “hood” or a cloth covered box with a TV inside so refs can watch videos of plays, is connected to the command center using NFL’s proprietary software. It was the job of the command center to sift through video from the 70 cameras at the Super Bowl and send the relevant vids to the hood. However, some predict that in the coming years, refs will simply use tablets to view footage, which will be a more efficient and cost effective way to communicate with the home office.
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