Athletic Directors, coaches, or anyone who is put in charge of buying a scoreboard for their team have many things to think about when choosing a scoreboard. There are different types of scoreboards to consider, such as electronic, wireless and flip scoreboards, indoor, outdoor, and you also must consider the information you want shown on such a scoreboard. Here are some tips on how to buy a football scoreboard.
The simplest of scoreboard options is the flip scoreboard. In this case you simply just have numbers which can be "flipped" every time someone scores and just keeps track of the score of the game. Anyone can use these, and they are most prevalent in leagues or organizations that have no funding, or supply their own funding.
The portable scoreboard is likely a good option for sports leagues who don't have a big budget, but would like to have something that both the players and spectators can refer to know what is going on in the game. It is a stand alone unit which can be moved easily and is available for all kinds of sports, and may not even cost anything for the organization or league wanting one if they can get a sponsor to buy it for them in return for advertising. While portable, these scoreboards can include more information than just time left and the score so don't think portable scoreboards are inferior in information, they just don't have the big display that stadium scoreboards have. The smaller the program, the more likely this is the kind of scoreboard that would best suit their needs.
The most prevalent scoreboards people see everyday on TV and at most live sporting events is the big electronic scoreboard. These can come in all different colors and sizes and can display any information you would like it to show about the game. Would you like it to display the name of your team, or the name of the field, or both? Do you want to include the down and how many yards to go for a first down, or do you just want the score? There are a lot of options with these scoreboards, and the choices made for the scoreboard someone ends up using should all be a matter of what they want their scoreboard to convey.
There are still digital scoreboards, but most scoreboards are now using the LED (Light Emitting Diodes). This type of scoreboard lighting is less expensive than an incandescent lamp and also more efficient. They also last 50 to 100 times longer than a regular light bulb. There are also now wireless scoreboards, which uses a transmitter modem and Radio Frequency waves to work the scoreboard.
The bottom line is, when someone goes to buy a football scoreboard there are many choices available. No matter what your budget may be, there should be a football scoreboard available for your needs.