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The only time a NFL ref goes under the hood next year may be to find out why his car won't start.

That would be thanks to the league's football operations IT crew. It appears they have found a way to speed instant replay decisions and continue to put the revamped process to the test.

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In the NFL, distance matters.

In Super Bowl 49, three feet was the distance between the Seattle Seahawks and the end zone and for the Lombardi Trophy.

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Are NFL fans in the stands headed for a mobile device brownout or blackout?

That depends largely on whether stadium owners and their partners are tracking wireless device trends and planning accordingly to ensure that their venues have plenty of well-designed charging facilities for fans who are doing more with the smartphones they bring to the games.

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