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Can't Scout Players in Person? The NFL Turns to Brooklyn Startup


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Using the SLANTS software.

The National Football League is using artificial intelligence technology to remotely scout prospective players during the coronavirus restrictions.

Credit: Andrew White/The New York Times

The National Football League (NFL) is using the Brooklyn-based Slants startup's artificial intelligence technology to remotely scout prospective players during the coronavirus restrictions.

Slants analyzes video of college football games to identify formations, routes, and tracking metrics so coaches can better assess players.

Slants' founders aimed to replicate the statistics that NFL teams cull from its own players, using radio frequency identification (RFID) chips to track their movements, and later teaching the software to compensate for different camera angles and other factors via machine learning.

In the past month, teams have been sending Slants video of plays from college games, requesting predictive statistics on players; some teams are using the startup's findings to verify data that scouts collected in games or drills.

From The New York Times
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