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  • MLB Updates its Rules to Allow iPads in the Dugouts with Certain Restrictions

    Starting today, Major League Baseball (MLB) rules have been made to allow the iPad in dugouts for certain tasks such as checking charts, statistics and scouting reports according to an official announcement. The decision won’t have any major impact on how games are played initially. Previously though, teams had access to the same information, just in paper form. The recent announcement mainly helps with speed and convenience.

    According to the announcement, the league is also apparently imposing strict limitations on how iPads can operate, as a way of deterring cheating. The authorize devices aren’t allowed to connect to a Wi-Fi network and teams can only use information that is transferred before the first pitch is thrown. When it came to testing, the St. Louis Cardinals, were allowed to test iPads before the recent rollout.

    For those of you who didn’t know, tablets in general are becoming increasingly common in professional sports. Previously in 2013, Microsoft scored a deal that made the Surface the official tablet in the National Football League. The popularity of Apple’s iPad has left many announces confusing the two products but generally speaking iPads are becoming increasingly popular in professional sports as well.

    We’ll have to see how the tablet trend picks up in MLB and where it goes next.

    Source: MLB
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