Microsoft has detailed some of its plans for their partnership with the NFL. Now this isn’t the NFL Sunday ticket, but this is good news for fantasy players. Earlier in May, Microsoft and the NFL announced a partnership bring fantasy football to the Xbox 360 which should be available now. The enhanced version should be coming to the Xbox One on launch.
Users need only enter their NFL.com credentials to get access to highlights and player tracking. Fans will be able to share highlights with their friends when that feature launches down the line. It’s possible to play in the main window, with stats, fantasy team details, and even a live game running at the same time on the right side of the screen. For those that like to play Madden while watching their team on Sundays, this will make it easy to move back and forth during commercials. Stats are also important and Microsoft is working with the NFL to integrate them into the viewing experience on demand. Rather than have viewers use a second device, the Xbox One will be able to access them on the fly.
On another note, Microsoft and the NFL will be using the Microsoft Surface for teams and fans. Eight teams will be in the pilot program for Surface apps designed to improve medical care on the sidelines. The first is a medical records suite that allows team physicians to more easily track player injuries. Imaging will be available digitally, which will mean faster communication between the sideline and the locker room. It will also be easier to track player recovery. Anything that improves player safety is always good, just hope they keep those things secure or the leaks will be all over ESPN.