NFL and Microsoft both comment on Belichick's rant on tablets
NFL and Microsoft both comment on Bill Belichick's rant on tablets
Bill Belichick went on a rant for the ages on Tuesday during his conference call when talking about the Microsoft tablets coaches use during NFL games.
The four time Super Bowl winning head coach said that he is "done with the tablets" stating that he's given them as much time as he can give them calling the product undependable for him and is going to stick with pictures.
Microsoft has since commented on the rant by saying,
“We respect Coach Belichick’s decision, but stand behind the reliability of Surface. We continue to receive positive feedback on having Surface devices on the sidelines from coaches, players and team personnel across the league. In the instances where sideline issues are reported in NFL games, we work closely with the NFL to quickly address and resolve.”
The NFL has also weighed in with a statement of their own reading,
“Microsoft is an integral, strategic partner of the NFL and implementing their technology on our sidelines has increased the efficiency and speed of collaboration between coaches and players to an all-time high. Within our complex environment, many factors can affect the performance of a particular technology either related to or outside of our partner’s solutions. We continue to work with all of our partners to ensure the best systems are in place to most effectively assist the clubs in the execution of their game plan.”
ESPN's sports business reporter Darren Rovell reported late Tuesday afternoon that he was hearing the Patriots coach will not be fined for his negative comments towards Microsoft and rightfully so.
It would be ridiculous if Belichick was punished for his comments on the tablets. They didn't work and it hurt his ability to do his job, so he decided to go in a different direction. It's as simple as that. Anything more than a comment from the league would have been over the top.
Although, if they did punish him it would have cranked this "Revenge Tour" that the Patriots are on for Deflategate through the roof which would have been awesome to watch.
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