NFL Announcers Keep Calling Surface Tablet iPad



Microsoft is paying the NFL a lot of money to use its Surface tablets during games to review plays and the like, but there’s a slight problem. The announcers keep calling the Surface devices iPads.

During Sunday’s game of the Saints vs. the Falcons the commentators described Microsoft’s tablet as one of Apple’s “iPad” and as “iPad-like tools.” This probably didn’t sit well with Microsoft considering the company is paying $400 million for an ad and equipment deal with the NFL.

Last year Microsoft and the NFL teamed up to create an interactive viewing experience on the Xbox. As part of the deal, Microsoft was named “The Official Sideline Sponsor” and players and coaches were also given Surface tablets to use to help during the games. The Surface tablet was even dubbed “The Official Tablet of the NFL.” (Someone apparently forgot to tell the announcers.)

Check out the announcer’s commentary for yourself on The Verge.

Update: This story has been updated to reflect the correct teams in the game.

Reprinted by permission.

Image credit: CC by Matt McGee

About the author: Cadie Thompson

Cadie Thompson is a technology editor at CNBC.  She is always plugged in and yet also wireless.

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