A new arena-league football team plays on a 50-yard field and uses a mobile app that allows fans to vote on the team’s next play. An anonymous reader writes:
Slate describes a receiver tackled for a short gain after the audience instructed the quarterback to throw a quick pass — as “shouts and cheers exploded from the stands, with phones raised triumphantly in the air.” The quarterback is informed of the chosen plays through an earphone in his helmet, and after one touchdown, one of the players even thanked a fan in the seats for picking a good play. “Then noses immediately returned to screens…the coach and QB were antsy, peering upward, waiting for the fans’ next call as the play clock ticked down again…” The team eventually lost 78-47, but to at least make things more interactive, the players all have their Twitter handles sewn on the backs of their jerseys.
Fans can also be “virtual general managers” for a small fee, dialing in to a weekly phone call to give feedback to the team’s president, and fans also selected the team’s head coach from online resumes and some YouTube videos of interviews. In fact, the article says the fans even picked the team’s name, with the name “Screaming Eagles” finally winning out over “Teamy McTeamface” and “Spaghetti Monsters.”
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