The NFL's Deal With Microsoft Surface Has Been A Nightmare

Posted: Oct 24 2016, 11:23am CDT | by , in Latest Sports News


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The NFL's Deal with Microsoft Surface Has Been a Nightmare
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The Microsoft Surface tablet has been causing so many problems within the NFL that they would actually rather use paper, according to New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. The iconic coach, who rarely speaks out about anything, has said that the deal has been a nightmare for him.

On Tuesday, the coach unloaded on the tablets during a press conference. “I’m done with the tablets,” he said. “They’re just too undependable for me…. I’ll use the paper pictures from here on, because I have given it my best shot.” The tablets were given to coaches and players to view high-res photos of plays within the game.

However, the images often fail to load.

The NFL did put out a statement after his tirade, saying that Microsoft “an integral, strategic partner of the NFL,” and adding that, “Within our complex environment, many factors can affect the performance of a particular technology either related to or outside of our partner’s solutions.”

Microsoft, too, put out a statement in response: “We respect Coach Belichick’s decision, but stand behind the reliability of Surface… We continue to receive positive feedback on having Surface devices on the sidelines from coaches, players and team personnel across the league.”

Belichick's rant, of course, became the most popular thing, making it look so bad for Microsoft that they had to publish a blog post defending its tablet - which means that Microsoft knows of its big problem.

The post beings, “This week Surface has been at the center of the debate on the role of technology in the NFL, with different opinions shared from coaches and players.”

Still, it uses quotes from well-known quarterbacks, coaches, and even Commissioner Roger Goodell.

“Before Surface,” the post says, “coaches and players pored over stacks of static, black-and-white photos of NFL plays to analyze the opposing team’s defense and strategize future plays… Now, these teams can respond nearly in real-time.” They did say that there were problems: “Consider the office environment of the NFL… It’s an ever-changing, fast-paced technical environment – truly one of the toughest IT jobs on one of the world’s biggest stages. We know change can be hard and technology adoption typically has a growth curve.”

These complaints aren't the first time that the deal has come into a negative light. Microsoft spent $400 million to get the deal through.

The tablets didn't work during the AFC Championship game last year, giving the Denver Broncos and advantage over the New England Patriots.

Last year, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said that the Surface Tablets were "knockoff iPads" and complained about how they didn't work. On national broadcasts, players have been spotted throwing the tablets onto the ground.

While Microsoft is getting visibility, it isn't what he truly wanted.

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