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Are You Ready for Some Football? Students Access NFL Inner World through Telepresence

April 12, 2012 at 8:26 am PST

Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane. As a child, did you dream of making it as a professional athlete? Or, perhaps, as you grew a little older and your own athletic prowess gave way to other skills, you wished to someday work among the sports stars you so loved and admired?

Thanks to the extensive education outreach programs provided by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, today’s youngsters who aspire to careers in professional football can learn how to make these dreams into realities. Using telepresence, the Hall of Fame reaches students in all 50 states with virtual fieldtrips to National Football League (NFL) offices and museum collections and archives. The in-person, real-time telepresence connections let participating students speak directly with NFL doctors, accountants, public relations leaders, sales staff, and more, enabling them to learn how these employees earned their positions and what it takes to succeed. The telepresence links also let the Hall of Fame use special document cameras and computers to bring some of its 15,000 football artifacts “directly” into classrooms. Read More »

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A Big Game “First” For Fans of the Super Bowl

Just over one week ago, more people watched Super Bowl XLVI on television than any other time in history – 111.3 million people, a staggering number. In addition, more than 2.1 million unique visitors saw the game streamed live online, another first. The experience for fans at home is incredibly powerful with HD, live streaming, and fast access to the Internet.

However, while so many of us were tuned in at home, another first was taking place inside Lucas Oil Stadium – all fans, regardless of their service provider, were able to use their smartphones and devices to connect to a free Wi-Fi network. This provided them with a significantly faster option to surf the web, use apps and share photos and video “live” with friends and family versus doing so post-game.

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