A white board in the Buffalo Bills' locker room last season kept the standings up to date.
After practice, players would crash into comfy, leather chairs and fire up a game of NBA2K or FIFA. That tradition is now over, as new coach Sean McDermott attempts to build a more business-like work environment, instead of the country club Rex Ryan ran.
Here's McDermott's explanation as to why he removed the video games and a pool table from the locker room.
"This is a business," he said. "We talk about, and you’ve heard me say this before, earning the right to win. We’ve got to stay focused on the task at hand and I’m all for, as we mentioned, the chemistry and building that chemistry in that locker room.
"That’s a big part of it, yet we have to make sure we stay focused on the task at hand and that means earn the right to win on a daily basis. I don’t believe that playing video games in the locker room is part of earning the right to win. We’re going to be a focused, disciplined and accountable football team and I believe you do it one day at a time."
The lone survivor among the Bills' leisure activities is the popular ping-pong table. Asked why he left that – other than the mutiny that he would have had on his hands if it were removed – McDermott said simply, "ball skills."