Following in the footsteps of other NFL teams, players for the Miami Dolphins will each be receiving an iPad to use as a digital playbook. The new iPads will save paper and make traveling easier, but players won’t be able to install personal apps.
Any usage of the iPad that is unsuitable to the team will result in a hefty $10,000 fine, and those uses include YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and anything else that might involve subject matter that is explicit in nature.
While many players don’t spend a lot of time on social networking, Miami Dolphins new addition Chad Ochocinco maintains a Twitter account with 3.5 million followers.
Any visit to an unauthorized site during a team meeting will cost Ochocinco and his fellow violaters $10,000 a pop, which could quickly add up. Ochocinco was previously fined $25,000 for Tweeting during a Cincinnati Bengals preseason game.
Despite the restrictions, Dolphins players were happy with their new iPads.
“It’s convenient,” said wide receiver Davone Bess. “Every day we were getting stacks and stacks of papers with the installs. Now they can just download them on the iPad and it’s there – bam!”
“I love it,” said running back Reggie Bush. “It makes it so much simpler, and obviously that’s where technology has taken us nowadays. It’s amazing, and I’m glad we got it.”
[via USA Today]