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NFL to give stadium fans locker-room look-in

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With a stated mission to regain traction in the home vs. stadium football experience, the NFL plans to install cameras in the home team locker room to enrich the gameday access of their paying customers.

The league also intends to mandate replays be shown in every stadium after "key plays." In many venues, questionable or disputable calls aren't always replayed on jumbotrons.

Footage of halftime and postgame from the home team locker room will not be required to be shown by the NFL, but the league will push for teams to make it available to fans on team apps and other mobile platforms. Commissioner Roger Goodell shared parts of the plan in February, and last year made a commitment to have wireless internet available free of charge in all 32 stadiums by 2013.

There will be no cameras in visitor locker rooms and fans who aren't accessing the video on that stadium network will not be permitted to view locker-room footage.

In-stadium attendance is a focus for Goodell, who said during his "state of the NFL" press conference in New Orleans two days before Super Bowl XLVII , that the league is "investing in upgrading the stadium experience and engaging more people in more ways than ever. Our numbers are up in overall fan engagement, in most cases, dramatically."
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