Why NFL Players Will Soon Have a Real Chip on Their Shoulders

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Some of your favorite NFL players will soon have a chip on their shoulders.

The NFL announced today it is installing Zebra Technologies' real-time tracking systems in 17 stadiums for the 2014 season.

The quarter-sized chips on players' uniforms will sync up with radio receivers in the selected stadiums, providing "next gen stats."

The high-tech approach is a boon for coaches, players and fantasy football fans, who will be be able to find out data such as a player's position, speed, acceleration and total distance run, according to the NFL announcement.

Check Out the 2014 NFL Calendar "Zebra's tracking technology will help teams to evolve training, scouting and evaluation through increased knowledge of player performance, as well as provide ways for our teams and partners to enhance the fan experience," Vishal Shah, the NFL vice president of media strategy, said in a statement.

The first stadiums to have the technology will be: Atlanta, Baltimore, Carolina, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, Green Bay, Houston, Jacksonville, Miami, New England, New Orleans, Oakland, San Francisco, St. Louis and Washington.

However, the technology will capture data from all 32 teams when games are played in the outfitted stadiums.

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