The first real chance for fans to decode the NFL score was when the game’s website went live on Nov. 11, 1997.
But the game didn’t exist yet.
“We’re at a point now where fans can’t watch the game live on TV, and they don’t have access to the game on the internet, so that was really the first step,” said Dan Miller, the creator of the site.
The NFL scored the first points with its website and in print, but fans couldn’t access the game online until the end of the season.
Fans can’t access scores at the point of the game, either, since the point system is not a standardized part of the league’s code of conduct.
Miller, now an NFL analyst, began looking at ways to streamline the scoring process.
He started working with a programmer at the NFL’s analytics firm, who would then be responsible for implementing the scoring algorithms that the league uses to determine what is and isn’t an interception.
Miller’s efforts were successful.
He and his wife, Lori, spent years working with the NFL to build their website, which would help fans stream the game.
The result is a website that would have taken hours to develop.
But for many fans, the experience wasn’t worth the time.
They wanted to watch the NFL, but they didn’t want to wait for a new website to open up.
So Miller started another website, the NFL Score.com, that would allow fans to see and download scores at any time.
The Score was born on Feb. 9, 1999, when a former NFL player, Brian Breen, set up a new online scoreboard that allowed fans to compare points at the goal line, near the goal posts, and in between the two.
That led to a surge in popularity and, ultimately, to a big uptick in online viewership.
A website like the Score.net is a huge step forward for the NFL because it brings fans closer to the action, Miller said.
“The biggest challenge I had to overcome was not being able to make it work on my own,” Miller said in a phone interview.
“And I did that by getting a really talented team of people to do it.”
Now the NFL is trying to replicate the site that worked so well with its live online viewing.
And, of course, Miller has to convince fans that they should really care about the score.
That’s a challenge, Miller acknowledged.
But it’s a step toward bringing the sport to fans.
“That’s something we’re working on,” Miller added.
“But right now, we’re focusing on bringing the score to fans.”