Wednesday, May 23, 2012

NFL wants hi-speed Internet in every stadium. What about college football?

NFL wants high-speed Internet for every fan in every stadium
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he wants every fan in every stadium to be able to access the Internet using whatever device they carry into the stands with them, as the NFL continues to grapple with the fact that for many fans, watching games on TV at home — for free — is a better experience than spending a small fortune to go to the game.

“We believe that it is important to get technology into our stadiums,” Goodell said. “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 and create the same kind of technology.”
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What a fantastic idea. This is an idea that capable college programs should embrace as well. Cell and data service issues have been a longstanding complaint at many Southeastern Conference venues, thwarting fans' attempts to interact with friends and other fans online during the course of a big game.

Big games at both the college and professional levels will always be sellouts. But that doesn't mean the experience can't be made better by allowing instant interaction.

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