Blog #6 — Technology and Sports
After watching the 100th Grey Cup, I couldn’t help wondering how technology has changed the face of sports. In today’s game we waited many minutes while a catch was reviewed by a panel of officials somewhere observing every possible angle. I recall TSN saying they had 32 possible camera angles to share with them, if need be. In the end, the call on the field stood. There was not enough visual evidence to overturn the call.
Not only has technology changed the way the game is officiated, it has also changed how we watch it. We have our 52 inch high definition TV’s that almost make it inconvenient to actually go to the game. Why sit in the cold, heat or rain, when you can watch it in all of its detail at home. But… of course we all know there is nothing like being at the game. The atmosphere cannot be replaced by any technology….except… now you can watch close up details on the jumbotron! Sometimes, even when I’m in good seats I find myself taking in the game on the screen instead of on the turf. I honestly have to force myself to watch the real action. Perhaps I’m drawn by the pretty lights just as a moth is drawn to a bug zapper…. but I digress.
Social media has had an impact on the game as well. Sometimes, when I am busy cooking chicken wings or deep frying anything that is battered, I press pause on my PVR. I don’t have to miss any of the action. But, I have to be very careful not to go on Facebook or Twitter at any time until I catch up and am watching in real time. There’s always a bunch of my friends who are busy commenting and analysing during the game; Even if they are in the stands!
From fantasy football to buying your tickets, technology has most definitely changed the face of sports.
For an interesting take on sports and technology click here.