Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Phoenix Suns Players Get Android Powered Playbooks

 As we all know, the use of tablet computers is growing drastically.  Everywhere we go we see them being used; in offices, homes, classrooms, doctor's offices, and more.  But what if tablets are now being used by sports teams, on the court?

The Phoenix Suns, along with Verizon Wireless and Samsung Mobile, announced this week that they will be integrating the LTE Galaxy Tab 10.1 into all team operations.

The NFL and MLB have strict rules prohibiting them from using tablets on the sidelines, but the NBA allows coaches to actually bring them on the court.  The Suns will be doing just that.

Head coach Alvin Gentry and his staff stated that every player will receive their own tablet, including a team playbook, video from practice sessions, scouting reports for upcoming games and opponents, and travel itineraries.

"If I say, 'I'm going to run a play called four-pop, [assistant coach] Noel Gillispie can cue that right up for me," Gentry told the Wall Street Journal.

The tablets will not just be used for players and coaches though; the Suns will also use it for business development opportunities.  It will have season ticket holder presentations and in-game promotional programs as well as work with their TV and radio broadcasts.  The plan is to have the tablet help connect with their digital fans through social media.

So this raises the question, will the tablet have any affect at all on the team's performance?  Gentry stated that this announcement "marks the beginning of a new era in the NBA."

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