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Michelle McKenna-Doyle has left her technological footprint on professional football since joining the league as its first chief information officer in 2012.
Her job involves reconciling two of the NFL’s seemingly contradictory goals — respecting tradition and embracing evolution — while keeping the players and the fans at the center of her decision-making.
“We respect the traditions that got us here — the play on the field and the competition,” McKenna-Doyle said. “But we recognize that how the game is played and how our fans watch on TV and in person is evolving.”
The league is at the forefront of technology initiatives that benefit game play, officiating, player safety and fan experience.
The NFL “Sideline of the Future,” which McKenna-Doyle said she sees as a “collaborative effort across the league,” has started to become a reality under her leadership. Coaches use Microsoft Surface tablets to make in-game adjustments, trainers access digitized medical records and histories for every player, and players’ movements are tracked by sensors in shoulder pads. McKenna-Doyle and her team are modernizing how sidelines function.
“We’re looking forward to what our sideline will look like in one year, three years and five years,” she said.
McKenna-Doyle is no stranger to innovative technology within the high-profile entertainment industry. She previously held senior management and information technology positions at Universal Studios and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
Even with that experience, she is aware that pro football’s popularity brings an unprecedented level of public scrutiny. Until she joined the NFL, “I’ve never worked anywhere where the fact that a Wi-Fi signal went down made the front page.” she said. “When [technology] doesn’t work, the world knows.”
McKenna-Doyle has deep football roots, and her love for the game began at an early age. Her brother played college football at the University of Alabama, and her father hoped she would go there as well — but after meeting Auburn University head coach Pat Dye, she opted to attend Alabama’s rival. She worked in Auburn’s athletic department and tutored, among others, Bo Jackson during his time as a star football and baseball player at the school.
McKenna-Doyle sees her position as one where challenges collide with opportunities.
“If you look at how the game was played 10 years ago and how it’s played today, it’s evolved and changed,” she said. “There’s a merger happening between the evolution of technology and the evolution of the game. It’s a very exciting time to be at the NFL.”