NFL.com’s Eight-Part Video Series Examines Player Safety, Fan Experience, and the Culture of Football
Hosted by Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson
A Combination of NFL Players, League Executives, Writers and Technology Experts Contribute
NFL.com has launched NFL 2020, an exclusive eight-part video series looking into the future of the NFL and what football will be like, both on and off the field, in the year 2020. Hosted by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and located at NFL.com/2020, NFL.com’s NFL 2020 examines the ever-changing landscape of the NFL and raises the question: what will the NFL look like seven years from now?
With the help highly-acclaimed NFL reporters Peter King, Armen Keteyian, and Sam Farmer, along with NFL players Ryan Clark, Justin Tuck, and head coach of the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens John Harbaugh, the series looks at every facet of the NFL from the background of future players, to the changes in fan experience, the evolution of football equipment, and the perception and persona of the NFL culture.
The first webisode, Look and Feel, launched today and can be viewed here: http://www.nfl.com/2020
Using the insight of former NFL players Eric Davis, Terrell Davis, Lavar Arrington, and Jeff Garcia, NFL AM, which airs each weekday morning at 6:00 AM ET on NFL Network, will dig deeper into each webisode. Tomorrow and Tuesday, September 16, the program will dissect the speculation of what NFL players will be like, physically and mentally, in 2020.
A Summary & Schedule for NFL.com’s NFL 2020
Webisode 1: Look and Feel
- Release Date on NFL.com: September 12, 2013
- Summary: Introduces the series, illustrates how players will look and how varied their skill sets will be in the year 2020. A near-certainty is the participation of openly gay players in 2020.
Webisode 2: International Players
- Release Date on NFL.com: September 26, 2013
- Summary: Explores the influx of foreign-born players like Detroit Lions rookie Ziggy Ansah and Indianapolis Colts rookie Bjoern Werner. Will improvements in global media technology engage viewers around the world and inspire other kids to become the next international NFL Draft pick?
Webisode 3: Global Game
- Release Date on NFL.com: October 10, 2013
- Summary: How many NFL games will be held overseas in 2020 and will an NFL team call one of these countries home? What advances in travel would be needed to support games played around the world?
Webisode 4: Analytics and Officiating
- Release Date on NFL.com: October 24, 2013
- Summary: Analyzing each player’s every move and the probabilities within every possible football situation will shape the way the game is played in 2020. . Advancements in technology will change the way players are perceived and evaluated and will transform the way the game is officiated on the field.
Webisode 5: Making View
- Release Date on NFL.com: November 7, 2013
- Summary: Making View, a four-man company in Norway, aspires to install a 360-degree camera in every helmet used in the NFL. What is the probability and benefits of such technology?
Webisode 6: The Fan Experience
- Release Date on NFL.com: November 21, 2013
- Summary: What is the future of the in-stadium experience? Smaller, more intimate stadiums offering multiple seating options and free-flowing digital media access options are explored. Also, will there be a skybox on the sideline or fans tracking coaches’ play calls and players’ vital signs?
Webisode 7: Player Health: Advances in Head Injury Technology
- Release Date on NFL.com: December 5, 2013
- Summary: Head injuries are able to be assessed earlier and more accurately than ever. What’s next? The possibility of real-time monitoring and tracking of head impacts exists.
Webisode 8: Culture of the Game
- Release Date on NFL.com: December 19, 2013
- Summary: In addition to the rule changes and improved equipment, does the tough-guy culture of the NFL also need to change over the next seven years? Players, coaches, doctors, and journalists weigh in.
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