$100m Contracts Are Signed With iPads Now

Deron Williams, NBA point guard and saviour of ironic sport liking, just inked a new contract to stay with the Brooklyn Nets. Well, inked is the wrong word since Williams actually signed his five-year $US98 million contract on an iPad with his finger.

This is what Williams, who's in Las Vegas for Team USA Basketball training, had to say about signing his deal on Twitter (the guy is just all technology-friendly!):

Officially a Brooklyn Net! Signed my contract on an iPad Just thank God for this wonderful Opportunity #HelloBrooklyn lockerz.com/s/223996151

-- Deron Williams (@DeronWilliams) July 11, 2012

I wonder if Williams specifically wanted to sign his deal on an iPad over a stack of papers or if that's just how $US100 million contracts are signed these days. I wonder if he gets to keep the iPad. I wonder if he thinks the rumoured iPad mini or a Nexus 7 or a Kindle Fire would be just as good for signing contracts. Also, taking a look at his signature on the iPad, I'd have to say he did a pretty good job with just his finger. Who needs a stylus, right? [Twitter]



    is it just me, or does it look like he is simply 'tracing' rather than signing?

      Yeah you can see the other half of the signature is already signed but hes only halfway, he probably signed it in private and did this for the press photos

        yes Tony I'm sure this is another Apple mock up story to increase sales of the ipad... lol ..


          Well truth is, the press will often request repeated re-enactments in order to capture the event the way that they wish. I believe that's what tony was pointing out.

          Also, are you calling tony an ID10T, or signing off as one?

            Ohhh ohhh ohhh
            Get that man some ice!
            Cuz you just got burned brother!

    Havne't signed a piece of paper, except with lawyer and government who will not accept scanned and signed, since the original iPad.

    I like to sign things electronically, but it's not as though you need to physically make the shapes of your name using a fingertip or stylus. In fact, this is relatively insecure as anybody can forge your signature.

    However password-protected digital signature tech has been around for a while and IMHO combines the best of both worlds: the personal visual mark that denotes a document as "claimed by me"; and the security of an encrypted password that ensures only one person (or authorised persons) can use that mark.

    This is a stunt, sure. But despite everything I still believe the paperless office is a real possibility and this kind of high-value, high-visibility deal just pushes the idea further into the public consciousness.

    5 year $20mil a year deals, when will teams learn this crap de-motivates a lot of players.

    Nets will regret it in the long run.

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