NFL officials will be keeping closer tabs on football inflation this season, according to multiple media reports.
Pregame pressure readings will now be documented and there will be random halftime and postgame rechecks, as reported by Fox Sports and other outlets.
According to the reports, which cite NFL officiating sources, the new procedures come in the wake of accusations of ball tampering by theNew England Patriotsin last season's AFC Championship Game.
The Deflategate allegations led to discipline against the team and quarterbackTom Brady.
Brady is awaiting a decision from the NFL on the June 23 appealof his four-game suspension.