The MLB is taking a page from the NFL’s playbook and outfitting teams with tablets to utilize throughout games for the 2016 season.
But, instead of Microsoft Surface Tablets, the MLB has negotiated with Apple to supply all 30 MLB teams with iPad Pros to use.
The iPads will offer trainers the ability to obtain historic online game statistics, pull up video from previous video games, as well as replicate possible pitcher-batter suits, according to the WSJ.
Notably, the information on each team’s iPad will certainly be proprietary to every team, as well as not drawn from a main, league-wide database. This indicates that teams will certainly still have the ability to use their very own data and analytics to get a competitive benefit– Apple will merely help them gain access to this information in a much easier and even more interactive way.
In terms of device specifics, groups will certainly be issued the bigger, 12.9 inch iPad Pros, which will be fitted with custom situations putting on each team’s logo.
The software application will be driven by a new custom-made app called MLB Dugout, constructed internal by MLB’s Advancement Media Department, with help from Apple developers.
The bargain seems to be structured similarly to the NFL-Microsoft offer, where the devices work as both as an advertising and marketing device and also a reputable coaching aid.
But, it remains hidden whether MLB will struggle from the exact same growing pains that the NFL had when making the shift from paper to electronic play publications. Apple as soon as claimed that the majority of NFL groups still utilized iPads behind the scenes, due to technological troubles with the Surface area Tablet.
Apple has actually verified the bargain to TechCrunch.