Goodell connects with the youth

People aged seven to 48 are obsessed with twitter, the Internet, and e-mail ponzi schemes. Roger Goodell – owner of the financially robust NFL – is looking to cash in on this thirst for useless information and get rich quick schemes, or as it’s also known: Fantasy Football.

The die-hards who attend every home game their team plays will most likely miss key events from around the league. One of the best things the NFL has done is slot their games so closely together. While this makes for epic viewing for the fan at home, the guy at the stadium doesn’t have the opportunity to see the big plays of the day in real time. The commissioner is trying to change this:

PFT’s Michael David Smith has the quote:

“We believe that it is important to get technology into our stadiums,” Goodell said. “We have made the point repeatedly that the experience at home is outstanding, and we have to compete with that in some fashion by making sure that we create the same kind of environment in our stadiums and create the same kind of technology.”

This makes too much sense not too happen. I’m sure many of you have cursed at the sun gods while trying to use your Smart Phone at Ralph Wilson stadium. More importantly for fans league wide, the introduction of wi-fi at stadiums will allow people to access the Red Zone Channel and Fan Vision in their seats.

Though the thought of 60,000 fans simultaneously using the internet at Ford Field scares me, there’s a reason the NFL makes the dollars they do. The production value that goes into every game is unmatched thanks to a relatively short schedule. The introduction of Internet access for fans in stadiums across the league will only add to their dominance.

Comments (7)

  1. Dude, its simply not possible. One WiFi hot spot can serve about 30 people (or maybe 60 if none of them stream video, but we know that’s not going to happen). There are 3 non-overlapping channels. The hot spots must be separated far enough that they don’t interfere, which really means they need to be separated by walls or by a hundred yards or so of open space. Because of the way WiFi uses it channels (everyone uses the same channel, and the transmissions are first-come, first-served, unlike wireless phones, where each person has a dedicated channel, timeslot or modulation), an overload WiFi hot spot quickly slows to a crawl and becomes unusable. The net result in that in-stadium WiFi could only serve about 90 people before it became useless. The only technology currently on the market that can serve many users in a single area is cellular/3G/4G.

    • This is interesting, and terrible. I suppose fans are stuck, you know, watching the game.

    • quest for you sir, since you know about wifi how do airports do it. i realize they dont have the amount of people at one time for a period of time like football game. i was just wodering could they do the samething they have at airports?
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  2. Alan, you’re wrong. Ruckus access points now have capability to serve 500 connections simultaneously. Check their recent product literature..

    • The limit is the throughput (Mbps). And its not just the access point that matters–the actual throughput is limited by both the capabilities of both the access point and the client devices (the smartphones). Because the channel is shared, maximum actual throughput is achieved when all connections combined attempt to use about 70% of the theoretical (specified) capacity. If the combined connections attempt to use more than 70% of the capacity, the actual throughput quickly drops, and worst case you get only 10-20% of the specified capacity.

      The best design would probably be to put directional antennas near the field pointing upward, so each antenna serves one pie-shared “sector” extending from the field to the top of the stadium. Adjacent sectors would need to be on non-overlapping frequencies so they did not interfere. You might be able to get 20 total sectors in the stadium. With 20 Mbps per sector, the maximum aggregate throughput available in the stadium would be about 20*20*.7 = 280 Mbps. However, when the system is overloaded, the connections will “choke” and the achieved throughput will fall to about 20*20*.2 = 80 Mbps. 80 Mbps would give you about 160 simultaneous video streams. Do you think 160 simultaneous video streams is enough to serve 60,000 seats?

    • Do the maths Men!

  3. Does anyone know how companies like AT&T make money from installing wi-fi in these stadiums? It is an upfront fee to the stadiums or… do they charge based on the amount of usage from the attendees at each game..?

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