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NFL Network may use drones to cover training camps

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Amazon has them (or is at least building them). Domino’s Pizza reportedly is working on one. The Clemson Tigers are said to be implementing their own version, so why not bring drones to the NFL?

That’s something the NFL Network is apparently considering doing according to Pro Football Talk.

“Per a source with knowledge of the plans, the NFL’s in-house media conglomerate plans to use drones during production of this year’s Inside Training Camp series on NFL Network.  While not a done deal yet, the plans are in place to use remove-controlled hovercraft to obtain TV images of practice.”

Currently the network has used hand-controlled devices as mentioned above, though, the use of computerized drones would likely be cheaper (in the long run) and would likely be a bit safer too since it reduces the risk of human error. Of course, we’ve seen previous equipment fail (like the cable camera we all love) so by no stretch is it fool proof though it is a pretty intriguing idea.

What it will change remains a bit of a mystery. It’s not as if we’ve never seen the overhead footage provided to us by cameras nor is a drone capturing video and photo’s something completely new like it would have been five or six years ago.

There are plenty of questions to ask as well. Will they just be used in an overhead capacity? Will they get down to field level?

We’ll likely know more as production moves on the show, but I’m certainly intrigued to see what the network comes up with.


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