NFL awards $50K to 3 startups to develop safety technology (The Associated Press)

With player safety under the microscope, the NFL and the Texas Medical Center held a competition Saturday for startups making innovative products geared toward improving the game. Nine companies competed in three categories – communicating with the athlete, training the athlete and materials to protect the athlete – presenting pitches to a panel of judges that included doctors, CEOs and current and former NFL players. GoRout won the communicating-with-the-athlete category, Mobile Virtual Player won for training the athlete and Windpact won for its materials to protect the athlete.