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    Lasers used in Football to measure for fast and accurate First Downs and ball placement.


    Lasers used in Football to measure for fast and accurate First Downs and ball placement.

    Should Lasers Replace the NFL's Chain Gang?
    First Down Laser on Bloomberg TV Taking Stock - reported: segment video link click below.
    Richard Grobman, co-founder of Thought Development, discusses how the company's technology may be able to eliminate controversy in the NFL. He speaks with Pimm Fox on Bloomberg Television's "Taking Stock."

    USA TODAY Newspaper article a few weeks ago sports section back page on First Down Laser use in the game.
    Alan Amron thinks the officiating snafu that disrupted the Washington Redskins' final drive in a loss to the New York Giants on Sunday night could be...

    First Down Laser Systems, the in-stadium graphics designer that puts the first down line on the field in the stadium for all to see, is readying its demonstration models for trials with eager customers. The 'green line', used so successfully at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in June, could revolutionize the way football is played, watched, and officiated.

    NCAA 2013 event: http://eugenedailynews.com/2013/06/06/leading-mark-lasers-make-debut-at-ncaa-championships/

    NFL said: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1643602-how-technology-continues-to-reshape-the-way-football-is-played-in-the-nfl

    Currently, home viewers see a yellow line on television that marks the first down (or line to gain, in football parlance). But that line does not appear on the actual field, and neither players, coaches, nor paying customers get to enjoy it. First Down Laser, with its end-zone projector and laser-embedded yardsticks, brings that technology to the field.

    Why are all the lines on the football field -- end lines, yard lines, end zone -- so well marked while the first down line remains invisible? Why, in this age of technology (instant replay review of all scoring plays and turnovers in the NFL) are first downs still measured by chains? First Down Laser can either augment the current system or replace it, while bringing a state of the art exhibition of the line to the fans in the stands.

    Imagine players able to see the first down line and fighting to get over it, while defenders try to keep them behind the line. How would coaching change if teams used the 'green line' during practice and players could better know where the line is? First Down Laser can help in all of these aspects.

    FIRST DOWN LASER - laser projector mounted on regulation flag chain sets for football.
    Image: http://www.firstdownlaser.com/images/football.png
    Image: http://www.firstdownlaser.com/images/product1.png
    Image: http://www.firstdownlaser.com/images/product2.png
    Image: http://www.firstdownlaser.com/images/oursmanually.png

    Instant laser line measurement (referee turns laser line on and off instantly, to save at least 3 minutes per game on the average)

    There are (3) three patented (and or patents pending) suggested ways to accomplish projecting our first down laser line onto a playing field surface.

    These are our suggested Preferred embodiments, but not limited to these.
    It's up to our end user to choose.

    1- Mounted on the Chain Flag Sets, on the field (as in Citrus Bowl Live Demo)
    Covered by one or more issued US PATENTS and or patents pending

    2- Mounted in the stadium over head lights, on the sides of the field (as in NFL old Dallas Texas Stadium Live Demo)
    Covered by one or more issued US PATENTS and or patents pending

    3- Mounted on, and travels on, a guy wire pulley system, directly over the field
    Covered by one or more issued US PATENTS and or patents pending

    See images attached here to show the above (3) three suggested configurations, and patented or patent pending preferred embodiments of our invention.

    Best regards,

    Alan (Founder)
    Richard Grobman (co Founder)
    The Late Pat Summerall (Partner)

    (305) 343-7480
    First Down Laser
    474 Fulton Avenue (New York)
    3rd Floor
    Hempstead, New York 11550

    First Down Laser
    1521 Alton Road
    Suite #435
    Miami Beach, Florida 33139

    EMAIL: AlanAmron@FirstDownLaser.com
    WEB SITES: FirstDownLaser.com

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