According to USA TODAY Sports, players will begin wearing two oblong sensors smaller than quarters on their shoulder pads, part of a new technology the NFL is implementing this season with the help of Zebra Technologies, a radio-frequency identification (RFID) company.
To complement the sensors, the NFL is also working to install receivers in 17 NFL stadiums before the start of the upcoming season. Per USA TODAY, Zebra Technologies' receivers (placed between the bands between the upper and lower deck around the stadium) will track players' locations and instantaneously upload information to a server hub.
If this doesn't seem awesome yet, here's why it is: the data will also be uploaded to the NFL's cloud. Once it's on the cloud, TV broadcasts can use it practically in real time, meaning a completely enhanced viewing experience with complementary graphics and statistics on screen. Fans will be able to track a player's acceleration, see if he actually was as wide-open as he looked, etc., while also watching the game unfold. It could be the biggest change to watching football since the yellow first-down line.