Sunday’s Pro Bowl won’t just be a game with some of the best players in the league.
The NFL announced Friday that they will use Sunday’s game to test-drive several game-day innovations. The game will be used as an incubator to determine whether innovations should be considered for further expansion into regular usage during games. The league has done this in the past with preseason games.
The most notable test is the use of multiple coach-to-player on-field communication systems, which allows more than one player on either side of the ball to be in communication with the coaching staff until 15 seconds remain on the play clock. NFL rules currently just allow only one player with a radio in his helmet.
Full list via NFL.com:
- Optical performance: Testing the new prism football shield to enhance player vision on-field.
- Multiple coach-to-player on-field communication: Multiple players on each side of the ball to have communication equipment in helmet for future evaluation.
- Adjustment to game clock: Modifying both game and play clock for understanding and maximizing pace of play.
- Camera angles: Helmet camera, officiating hat camera, pylon 1st down camera, and pregame camera in locker room to provide unique perspectives.
- Player & Legend captains wired for audio: Expanding on ESPN’s existing use of player audio in the “Monday Night Mic” segments.
- 360° camera: A 360° camera under the goal post with a view of the entire back line of the end zone, providing a unique look at potential scoring plays.
You can watch the Pro Bowl on Sunday at 3:00 PM ET on ESPN & ABC