NFL hopes tablets can speed up reviews during games

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – The NFL will test having game officials use tablets for video reviews in Sunday’s Pro Bowl.

Coaches and players for the first time have been using the Microsoft Surface tablets on the sidelines all season to look at photos of previous plays.

Having the referee look at replays to determine if calls were correct could lead to eliminating the official going “under the hood” for reviews.

An NFL staffer will wear a backpack containing wireless radios, and will hold a Surface Pro 3 tablet and headphones during the game.

When a video review is needed, that staffer will hold the tablet and the referee will don the headphones. It is hoped this will speed up the entire process.

The league also will debut use of in-game video on the tablets for coaches and players to review during the Pro Bowl.

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