The NFL says it will review the failure of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ communications systems during Thursday night’s season-opening loss at New England, just as it would do with a malfunction in any other stadium.
“The coaches’ communications equipment, including the headsets, is provided by the NFL for both clubs use on game day,” NFL spokesman Michael Signora said in a written statement. “The home team is responsible for the installation and maintenance of that equipment. Every team’s game day communications personnel are required to work with the NFL communications consultants to ensure wireless equipment is free and clear of interference and address any problems.
“Technological and stadium infrastructure issues of this type happen at many stadiums around the league and whenever there are issues of this nature, we do a thorough review.”
Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin said after the game Thursday that Pittsburgh’s coaches heard the Patriots’ radio broadcast on their headsets for much of the first half.