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First-down line could be coming to NFL stadiums

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The virtual first down line could become a reality in NFL games with the new First Down Laser System.

Fans watching NFL games on television have grown accustomed to the imaginary yellow line that runs across the field in accord with the first-down marker.

That first-down line could one day become part of the in-game experience at all 32 NFL stadiums.

Alan Amron, with financial backing from former NFL player and broadcaster Pat Summerall, has developed the First Down Laser System. Amron said the system projects a first-down line across the field that can be seen in the stadium and on TV.

The league is intrigued, but not completely sold on the idea — not yet anyway.

League spokesman Greg Aiello said, “We have not been convinced that it would work for us, but we are open to further discussion after the season.”

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