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Here Are Some Innovations You’ll See In The USFL

The USFL‘s first season is kicking off and fans can expect some innovative enhancements while watching the inaugural season.

Fox News reports that Daryl Johnston, the executive vice president of football operations for the USFL, touted some of the new things in an appearance on “Fox & Friends” earlier this week.

“We’re creating access for the view that’s unprecedented. And for me as a player, to be able to share some of these experiences with the fans – and that’s what they want to do, they want to be able to get close as they possibly can and all this technology is providing that,” Johnston said.

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“We’ve talked about video with a double sky cam, with some drones, the number of cameras that we got. But the one thing everybody was excited about last week was the audio. They got a steady cam where they’re walking right into the huddle so the camera angle from that shot is going to be like you as a viewer at home standing in the huddle with the quarterback.”

1. Helmet Cam

The league will have cameras on the helmets of players and fans will get an inside look at what the players see during the game.

2. Locker Room Access

Fox News reports fans will get to see the interactions between the players and coaches inside the locker room.

3. More Players Mic’d Up Than Ever Before

Not only will 16 players be mic’d up each game, but every USFL game will have two skycams broadcasting.

Two players from each team will also be wearing helmet cams throughout the game, which is similar to the “Ump Cams” FOX used in the early 2000s for games.

4. Two Forward Passes, Overtime, Onside Kicks

The USFL is bringing new rule changes to the playing field this spring, like two forwarded passes behind the line of scrimmage, shootout-style overtime, a new option to get the ball back after scoring and a few other things.

5. Ball Tracking Technology

The USFL will have chips implanted in footballs that can determine if the ball has reached the first-down marker.

The season will begin April 16 and run through July 3, and all eight USFL teams will play this weekend.

Week 1:

New Jersey Generals at Birmingham Stallions, April 16, 7:30 p.m. ET, FOX, NBC, Peacock

Houston Gamblers at Michigan Panthers, April 17, noon ET, NBC, Peacock

Philadelphia Stars vs. New Orleans Breakers, April 17, 4 p.m. ET, USA

Tampa Bay Bandits at Pittsburgh Maulers, April 17, 8 p.m. ET, FS1

The USFL will put toe to leather on its 2022 season when the New Jersey Generals and Birmingham Stallions face off Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET in Birmingham, Alabama.

The OutKick the Tailgate crew of Chad Withrow, Jill Savage and OutKick founder Clay Travis, will broadcast live from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET from Protective Stadium, with guests and giveaways coming your way.

Be sure to tune in as the OutKick crew gets you primed and ready for the kickoff to the USFL season! OutKick the Tailgate can be streamed live on OutKick.comTwitter and YouTube.


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Written by Megan Turner

Megan graduated from the University of Central Florida and writes and tweets about anything related to sports. She replies to comments she shouldn't reply to online and thinks the CFP Rankings are absolutely rigged. Follow her on Twitter at @Megnturner_ and Instagram at @Megnturner.

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