Alabama and Nick Saban revolutionized college football when it introduced the injury tent back in 2015. And now it appears that they could be profiting off it.
The school was granted a patent for the portable injury tent, according to a report from Darren Rovell of ESPN. The tent granted players and medical staff some privacy while examing injuries and has since been implemented by a number of schools in the college game as well as at the NFL level.
The University Of Alabama has been granted a patent for its portable sideline tent, first developed at school under SidelinER name in 2015 pic.twitter.com/OetMNyphRm
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 12, 2018
The tent first debuted against Middle Tennessee State back in 2015. When the tent first came into use, Alabama players initially were a fan of it, as it granted some privacy while being examined.
“I like it personally, because when someone gets hurt, no matter if it’s serious or not, you can go in there and have them evaluate you without everyone looking or having a bunch of attention on you,” then Alabama receiver Richard Mullaney told USA Today in January of 2016. “It can be behind the scenes.”
In that same article, Alabama tight end O.J. Howard revealed that the pop tent also sometimes functions as a restroom in the case of an emergency.
The tent can pop up just about anywhere on the sideline and it keeps players from having to run all the way to the locker room to get evaluated. Though it does some time lead to controversy, like in 2017 when the tent popped up briefly for Russell Wilson to be examined for a concussion, only for Wilson to exit seconds later.
Russell Wilson sent off after taking hit to the chin for concussion check, ducked in the tent then sent right back out pic.twitter.com/8HXvKOGNuG
— That Dude (@cjzer0) November 10, 2017
What likely started as a way to keep opponents and media members from seeing and speculating on injuries, has turned into a revolutionary part of both the college football and NFL games.
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