The NFL is trying to take a step forward in the world of technology advancements and bring even more to the fans that go to stadiums to watch games live. ESPN revealed on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, that the yellow first-down line seen on televised games could soon become a reality in real life.
Everyone that watches NFL games knows that the imaginary yellow line on the field signifies the first-down marker. The only problem is that when fans go to games live in stadiums, many people are not accustomed to going to games in person end up asking the die-hards, "Ummm, where is that line that shows me where a team needs to go for a first down?"
Now, that line could actually become a part of the live-game experience for the entire league.
Alan Amron, with financial help from former NFL player and broadcaster Pat Summerall, has created the First Down Laser System. Essentially, this system produces the first-down line that is seen on TV during games, but it would also be able to be seen in stadiums as well.
The NFL has met with Amron about this on a few occasions before, but the league never quite thought it was something they’d be interested in. Now though, they are open to even further discussions to see it if both sides could work together in the future.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said, "We have not been convinced that it would work for us, but we are open to further discussion after the season."
Amron's past meetings with the NFL were back in 2003 and then again in 2009.