Microsoft Expands Partnership With National Football League

Microsoft Corp. has announced that the company struck a deal with the National Football League making Microsoft Teams the league’s official communication platform.

Microsoft Teams will now be used by all 32 teams in the National Football League, the tech giant said.

Under their renewed partnership, the entire League, including its coaches and players, will be using Microsoft Surface devices and Microsoft Teams, the hub for teamwork in Office 365.

Microsoft partnership with the NFL dates back to 2013.

“Microsoft Surface has quickly become an authentic tool to the game of football and is vital during all NFL games for coaches, players and NFL Officials,” said Renie Anderson, chief revenue officer and executive vice president of NFL Partnerships.

Surface devices provide state-of-the-art technology to execute Instant Replay and in-game play review for players and coaches on the sidelines.

The Microsoft Surface Sideline Viewing System (SVS) brings near-real-time images and game data, such as down, distance and yard line information, to the players and coaches on the sidelines and to the coaches in the coach’s booth. In addition, Microsoft Surface Instant Replay (MSIR) brings mobile instant replay to the officials on the field, helping improve pace of play.

Designed to work across Windows, iOS and Android devices, Microsoft Teams brings together chat, calling, meetings, files, document collaboration and workflow into a single app. Instead of using separate apps for those purposes, NFL teams and the entire organization can stay connected on Microsoft Teams.

Clubs across the NFL are already taking advantage of the Microsoft Teams platform. The New York Jets use Microsoft Teams to send key messages such as the teams’ draft selection in real time. Super Bowl Champions, the Kansas City Chiefs, use Microsoft Teams to coordinate travel schedules among the club’s on-the-road scouts. And the Miami Dolphins used Microsoft Teams to plan Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium.

Microsoft Teams can easily collaborate on files, manage shared calendars, host meetings, and use existing integration.

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