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In the first instance of tablets and mobile computing devices being used on the sidelines of NFL games, Microsoft Surface tablets will be used by coaches and players in the upcoming season as part of a reported $400 million multi-year deal between the NFL and Microsoft . The Sideline Viewing System is meant to help coaches and players study their opponents in realtime from the sideline, which has traditionally been done with old school, black-and-white photos. According to SFGate, each team will have 13 Surface tablets on the sideline and 12 in the coaches’ box.

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