That title may be a little confusing, but let me explain. Microsoft is expanding its partnership with the NFL to include more than just Surface devices. The company first partnered with the NFL back in 2013, and it’s now expanding its partnership with the NFL to include Microsoft Teams.
With the new partnership, the NFL basically has two kinds of teams. Well, not really, but you get the idea.
Microsoft says the multi-year expansion of its partnership with the NFL will now include Microsoft Teams, meaning NFL teams will now be using Microsoft’s team-working tool to collaborate. “Microsoft Surface has quickly become an authentic tool to the game of football and is vital during all NFL games for coaches, players, and NFL officials. And now by working together to integrate Microsoft Teams across the League, together we aim to improve on communications and collaboration in a modern way,” said Renie Anderson, Chief Revenue Officer and Executive Vice President of NFL Partnerships.
Microsoft is positioning Teams as a unified solution for collaboration and communication for the NFL, which previously used separate apps for chat, calling, and document sharing.
NFL teams are already using Microsoft Teams, according to the company. “The Miami Dolphins used the platform to plan Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium. The New York Jets use Microsoft Teams across their football and business operations, including the NFL Draft process. And Super Bowl Champions Kansas City Chiefs’ scouting staff uses Microsoft Teams to coordinate with the club’s on-the-road scouts,” noted Microsoft, highlighting the benefits of Teams for the NFL.
Microsoft announced the company will continue working with the NFL going forward, helping develop custom technology solutions to help the NFL “transform” the way it communicates.