ESPN recently reported that the National Football League is expanding its data collection initiative so that all NFL footballs will carry data-collecting chips. Previously only kicking balls used during the preseason and Thursday Night Football games carried the chips. NFL players have also worn data-gathering shoulder pads since 2014.
Equipped with software from Zebra Technologies, all the footballs will be outfitted with RFID (radio frequency identification) chips. The information the tech-embedded NFL footballs gather will be used by sports broadcasters as part of the NFL Next-Gen statistics program as well as the league's competition committee.
The data-collecting chips are also an example of how technology can be used to improve performance in sports and physical fitness.