Tampa Bay Buccaneers players get iPads for playbooks

More and more we are seeing Apple's iPad replace paper notebooks at a number of businesses. Now it looks like the iPad has started to find its way into professional sports. The Saint Petersburg Times web site reports that the pro football team the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be giving each of its players an iPad 2. No, its not to play the iPad version of Madden (at least its not supposed to be used for that purpose). Rather, the team's players will use it as a replacement for their paper playbooks.

The team's coach Raheem Morris came up with the idea to replace the playbooks which can be bulky and hard to transport. Having the playbooks on the iPad not only eliminates a lot of hassle it can also be better for security. If a player loses an iPad, Morris states, "You've got a way to wipe (everything) off with the push of a button." The iPads will also be used by players to check out game video.

This is of course not the first time we have seen Apple's tablet device take the place of physical items. Alaska Airlines has now replaced its pilots' big flight manuals with iPads. American Airlines is also testing this concept with its own pilots. This week yet another major airline, United, announced it was doing the same for its 11,000 pilots, according to the New York Times. Replacing the paper manuals saves money on paper printing and even saves money on jet fuel because the iPads weigh much less than the paper flight manuals.

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KingCrimson said,
Apple rules the universe. Even God himself has an iPad.

Yes, but he has version infinity, which isn't out yet for we folk existing in time and space.

Bucs fan here. Let me just say that this is the last place I'd expect to hear news on the Buccaneers.

And some info for the people questioning the cost of the changeover to iPads, The Glazers are some of the most underspending owners in the NFL. If Raheem Morris and/or Mark Dominik can convince them to spend a little coin on cool gadgets, then good for them.

It also makes sense the Bucs have the youngest players in the NFL, so they probably have enough tech inclination to make digital playbooks work well for them.

"Replacing the paper manuals saves money on paper printing"
So a $500 to $700 iPad is cheaper than a binder full of paper? Yeah ok.

ahhell said,
"Replacing the paper manuals saves money on paper printing"
So a $500 to $700 iPad is cheaper than a binder full of paper? Yeah ok.
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hey if they reprint that playbook 500 times a year times the number of people that get it, of course it does! </s>

ahhell said,
"Replacing the paper manuals saves money on paper printing"
So a $500 to $700 iPad is cheaper than a binder full of paper? Yeah ok.

The rational of it is cheaper than printing paper has been used by my city supervisors so they could all get iPads and by several CEOs, etc... for use in meetings.

It's surprising how much companies spend in paper and ink every year.

One of the companies i worked for was receiving spam by fax. The printers was automatically printing the faxes as they came in.

The company actually saved money by buying new printers that was able to send faxes in pdf format to email adresses on the network.

Yep it was less expensive to buy 5 new printers able to do that instead of paying the the paper and ink wasted on spam fax.

ahhell said,
"Replacing the paper manuals saves money on paper printing"
So a $500 to $700 iPad is cheaper than a binder full of paper? Yeah ok.

I'm surprised they didn't say they did it to "go green" and "save the environment"

thealexweb said,
The title makes it seem like they have to hand over the BB Playbook for an iPad, tad misleading
Tis what I was thinking.

...and even saves money on jet fuel because the iPads weigh much less than the paper flight manuals.

? By how much? It would be quite insignificant.

And what about the power consumption by the tablet, when it is charging?

FMH said,

? By how much? It would be quite insignificant.

And what about the power consumption by the tablet, when it is charging?

Yes quite a dubious statement

FMH said,

? By how much? It would be quite insignificant.

And what about the power consumption by the tablet, when it is charging?

Same thoughts.

FMH said,

? By how much? It would be quite insignificant.

And what about the power consumption by the tablet, when it is charging?

Just more pro-Apple drivel to further put them in a better light by grasping at straws. John, are you sure that you didn't quote this article from MacRumors or CNN?

PlogCF said,

Just more pro-Apple drivel to further put them in a better light by grasping at straws. John, are you sure that you didn't quote this article from MacRumors or CNN?

Reading comprehension isn't your strong suit, is it? Seems you are the biased one...

From the NYT article regarding United's switch to iPads, which is obviously what the weight comment is concerning.

"United said there were considerable environmental benefits from switching its pilots to all-digital flight plans. The airline currently prints 16 million sheets of paper a year when distributing flight plans to pilots. Removing the additional weight on planes will also save United 326,000 gallons of jet fuel a year, or 3,208 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, the airline said."