The USFL’s inaugural season debuts next week and they are already grinding into the future when it comes to first downs. Like the XFL in 2001, the USFL has some technological innovations that will enhance the game and give the NFL something to consider.
The measuring system is similar to the replay system tennis uses. The USFL will have a chip placed in every football and a virtual yellow first-down line that will measure if the ball crossed the first down line or not via the virtual replay system.
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Aside from the chip in the football, two players from each team will be wearing helmet cams throughout the game. The league will also use drones for alternative camera angles, showing some of the plays live with a “drone cam.”
No one truly knows how the USFL will fair, considering that the XFL will be starting up in 2023.