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Game Of The Future: NFL 2017

A general view of Soldier Field in a week 1 NFL preseason football game between the Denver Broncos against the Chicago Bears in Chicago, Illinois on August 9, 2012. The Broncos defeated the Bears 31-3. (AP Photo/Scott Boehm)

NEW YORK (AP) – Laser technology to help officials. Computer chips in the football.

Devices that measure the impact of a hit or the speed of a ball carrier heading to the end zone. Streamlined, yet safer equipment. A 400-pound player.

More teams in the playoffs. More international matchups. More prime-time games.

NFL 2017, quite possibly.

America’s most popular and profitable sport, a $9 billion dollar industry that figures to be worth more than $14 billion in five years, still will feature 100-yard fields, 11 players on each side of the ball, and Green Bay cheeseheads by then. Otherwise, experiencing the NFL season and offseason could change drastically, whether you’re on your couch, at the local tavern or in the stands.

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