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NFL: Data Chips Being Added to Footballs Just for Kicks

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By    |   Tuesday, 19 Jul 2016 07:41 AM

NFL data chips in footballs are taking to the field, reportedly just to gather information on possible goal post adjustments, reported Postmedia in Toronto, but who knows what they could find?

The field goal adjustment is being considered because the accuracy of National Football League kickers has increased to 85 percent success over the past three years at the long-standing width of 18 feet, 6 inches.

Dean Blandino, the NFL's senior vice-president of officiating, told Postmedia that the league's competition committee is examining how to make the kicks more challenging.

"The discussion has really revolved around narrowing the uprights," Blandino said in an exclusive interview at the NFL's annual officiating clinic. "That would be one way to affect both the extra point and the field goal."

"(Success rates) have continued to climb over the years as our field-goal kickers and that whole process has become so specialized, from long snapper to holder to kicker. We'll do some studies this year."

The data chip balls would be used during the preseason and possibly during Thursday night regular season games as well, noted Postmedia.

ESPN, noting that there was only a small reduction in point-after-touchdown field goals in the past season after a similar adjustment, said the data chips could help game officials improve on determining the spot of footballs after a runner has been ruled down and if a runner has cross the goal line.

NFL officials told the New York Daily News that the league will also be able to measure how far the ball travels on any given play.

The Daily News said the NFL started placing tracking chips on players in 2014 as part of its Next Gen project, which measures things as velocity and body position. Fans could access the information with Xbox One video game console apps with some of the information being displayed on NFL.com,

Blandino told Postmedia that he didn't know if the football data would lead to changes next season.

"You never know," said Blandino. "We'll see what the data tells us. The committee will discuss it and then make a recommendation for 2017 if they feel that we need to go that route. But I wouldn't know at this point, without seeing how it goes this year."

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