Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and the NHL (National Hockey League) have inked a partnership that will see the Cupertino, California-based tech giant offer coaches iPad Pros for their use when they are behind the bench in the course of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2017. All the sixteen National Hockey League teams that were able to qualify for the playoffs will each be offered up to 3 iPad Pros that will be used in reviewing plays.
Using real-time video footage, players will be able to adjustments in the course of the games. The coaches can, on the other hand, make a decision on whether to challenge goaltender interference or offside calls.
Macs and more
Additionally, the stadiums belonging to the 16 National Hockey League teams which are in the playoffs have also had Macs installed. Plans to equip coaches and stadiums with Apple products such as iPad Pros and Macs were initially disclosed last December by TSN, a sports network based in Canada.
The tablets and the Macs will be especially important during the playoffs since this is the one time when scarcity of goals is most prevalent meaning that goaltender interference challenges sometimes do determine who wins a game or the series.
The name of the game
On the sidelines of several major sports, tablet computers have become a staple. With regards to football, for example, teams often make use of the Surface tablets from Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) in analyzing and reviewing plays. Another sports body that is increasingly taking up technology is Major League Baseball which has begun using tablets to enhance officiating of matches and coaching.
Compared to other sports bodies, NHL’s pace in adopting technology has been slower. However, the partnership with Apple will enable the professional sport to catch up. The Stanley Cup teams are expected to offer the league feedback on what is working and what is not. Changes to the software will be made on the tablets based on the feedback that will be provided. And beginning next season, the league will provide tablets to all the teams.
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