NFL Receives Permission for Limited Use of Drones from FAA

An NFL logo is seen during the first half of an NFL preseason football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistSeptember 25, 2015

New aerial views of the NFL are coming to a TV near you. 

According to the Associated Press (via, the Federal Aviation Administration has granted the NFL the ability to use drones on a limited basis to record practice footage.

The use of drones at games will remain prohibited, but teams and NFL Films will be allowed to use the unmanned aerial technology to provide a unique perspective if local, state and federal guidelines clear them to do so.

"NFL Films will use the unique visual images captured by drones to enhance their filmmaking and storytelling," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said, per the Associated Press.     

Considering the tremendous portfolio NFL Films has compiled over the years, the implementation of drones as visual tools should only enhance understanding of the game as the technology advances. 

When those never-before-seen views of the gridiron are ready to be streamed into living rooms across the country, fans should be excited to see what they can glean from the innovative new vantage point.  

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