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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- NFL fans who follow player stats closely will soon have more data to track, and the technology that's being used to provide it could one day soon be embedded in athletic apparel made by the likes of Under Armour (UA) - Get Under Armour, Inc. Class C Report and Nike (NKE) - Get NIKE, Inc. Class B Report .

Zebra Technologies (ZBRA) - Get Zebra Technologies Corporation Class A Report has teamed up with the NFL to be the league's official Internet of Things (IoT) partner. As part of the agreement, the NFL is rolling out Zebra's technology at all 31 professional football stadiums across the country.

"The data we can provide is how fast someone is running, how fast they are accelerating, how far they run," explained CEO Anders Gustafsson. "You can compare quarter versus quarter. So, any movement data. Eventually we will also track the ball and the ball flight." Gustafsson said one of the biggest opportunities will be with helping coaches better track their players' performance. 

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Which stats fans will be able to follow will be different depending on how they're watching the game, he said. "There will be different data available whether your watching on television, are inside the stadium or playing on xBox or fantasy football."

For football, Zebra's tracking sensors will be embedded on the players' shoulder pads. The company is also testing embedding sensors inside footballs, but has yet to come to an agreement with the NFL on how that could be done during actual games.

Beyond pro sports, Gustafsson said Zebra has had conversations with athletic apparel makers, and in the near future consumers could see similar sensors embedded in clothing. But he cautions that an athletic T-shirt will not replace a Fitbit (FIT) - Get Fitbit, Inc. Class A Report in the near-term. The difference is that Zebra's technology is designed to be used within a defined space, as opposed to other wearable devices, which can measure movements regardless of the user's location.