In honor of the new National Football League season that begins Thursday night–and since this is a technology blog–the issue of technology in football needs to be addressed.

While the TV networks have invested heavily in the best high-definition cameras and TV sets so officials can determine in super slow motion the exact moment when a player’s knee touched the ground or when the ball popped free, football fans are still perplexed by issues that technology could solve quite easily with the use of global positioning technology.

The NFL did not confirm the story, but Reuters reported last month that the NFL is in discussions with German manufacturing company Cairos Technologies to put a GPS chip in footballs.

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