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The prospect presents enough competitive challenges that the NFL’s competition committee will discuss guidelines for their use before making any recommendations to the owners next year or beyond.

“Anything we do will go through the proper approval processes,” Rolapp said. “Whatever we do, it’s of paramount importance it enhances the competition. We have some gospel points we will not break.”

Signing a five-year deal also gives the league some flexibility as technological advances make even more improvements possible.

“This was smart by the NFL because it is signed up for five years of interactivity, then it can evaluate what works best and maybe go on with Microsoft or go to another communications company or even the networks. Had they gone to the networks now, it would have been a hodge-podge,” said Marc Ganis, the president of SportsCorp, which does consulting work with the NFL.

“The tablets are a huge deal. For a league that prides itself about being at the forefront of technology, having Peyton Manning look at Polaroids isn’t exactly cutting edge. Having him look at a tablet is.”