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Touch screen nacho delivery? An app for ordering your beer? An app to find the closest parking spot?

It may sound crazy, but technology is infiltrating the NFL. The Eagles and the Patriots have already set up in-stadium Wi-Fi systems so that fans can connect their mobile devices to the network to Snapchat, tweet and Instagram as they’re watching the games.

The CIO for the NFL, Michelle McKenna-Doyle, told CiteWorld that Wi-Fi vendor Extreme Networks will now be able to gather analytics from NFL fans while they’re plugged-in at their favorite team’s games. Technology is developing so quickly today; that the possibilities for getting fans connected is nearly endless.

“Certainly a full stadium is the best fan and game experience so we do need to focus on making sure that happens,” said McKenna-Doyle. “Keeping it compelling and special will help us sell tickets.”

Of course, there is something to be said for sharing your experience with your social networks– you can always find me on Twitter or Instagram during Charger games. But what about actually taking the time to watch the game with your own eyes, instead of watching it through the lens of your iPhone? Some could argue (and I would) THAT is what creates the compelling experience.

We live in a world where we can give and receive information in an instant with just the click of a button (even buttons are becoming obsolete due to touch screens), and the NFL is trying to keep up with our ever-changing world.

McKenna Doyle also discusses the possibility of bringing technology to the sidelines, with hand-held tablets displaying the various play options for coaches. It seems to me that could lead down a slippery technological slope for what is and what is not allowed on the sidelines!

Whether it be sharing photos with your social networks, or ordering an ice-cold beer with a new app, technology is constantly evolving into new ways to get plugged in.

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