REPORT: NFL Will Test ‘Optical Tracking System’ To Measure First Downs During 2024 Preseason

This could be the end of the chain gang in the NFL.

According to Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports, the NFL will be testing an optical tracking system for line-to-gain rulings this preseason and if it goes well, the league will implement the technology for the regular season.

The NFL will continue to use the chains as a backup for game operations and as a reference point for coaches, players and in-stadium fans, Jones adds.

The league has tested this high-tech system before — at MetLife Stadium and Hard Rock Stadium this past season. It would have to install the system in all 30 NFL stadiums as well as the international stadiums the league will play games in 2024. The system will make for more accurate measurements if used properly.