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$13 Billion Industry Uses Folded-Up Piece Of Paper To Determine Outcomes

The Cowboys earned a first down tonight in a play so ridiculous it made the Steelers’ loss look positively pedestrian. The NFL uses computer chips in uniforms, pads, and the football itself—but the decision to award first downs still comes down to a technology so analogue it existed two hundred years before the Christian era. Cool sport!



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