Over the years, the world of sports is changing continually.
Furthermore, the use of technology is just one of the areas which has created an impact on a lot of sports in the modern day. Just as TV changed the way families during the 50’s interacted with sports, the internet has given sports fans yet another way of experiencing sport. It gives sport fans virtual access in real time and on demand. Moreover, it enables them to make specific, personal interaction methods.
The advances in technology has forever changed the world of sports. The changes enable people to record any program and replay it anytime, anywhere. Definitely, viewers could also skip the advertisements, if they like, fracturing the business model which has been in place for more than fifty years. The plethora of specialized sport networks, cable channels and sport packages has contributed as well to a diffusion of the TV audience.
Some of the technologies that have forever changed sports.
1. Hawk-Eye technology.
It is the name of a computer and camera system that traces the ball’s trajectory. Furthermore, it’s being used in international tennis and cricket and various other sports are also considering making use of this. It’s also being tried in soccer as part of a goal line assessment. The said system uses a type of camera taking 600 frames a second on the goal-line. All the information is analyzed by a computer and would be sent to the headset or the referee or a device on his wrist. Most professional sports in the US have long utilized instant replay as well as other high-tech aids to help referees in making the right call. Replays can be used to decide off-side decisions.
2. Olympic technology.
When it comes to the current Olympics, each sport was littered with hi-tech, new equipment to help boost the performance of the athletes. Some noteworthy examples of technology invented for the Olympics is the Slicker Skating Suits in speed skating that were made to give athletes an edge.
3. Goal-line technology.
This was used in the 2014 World Cup for the first time since FIFA has decided to enable computer-assisted decisions on their tournaments. The particular system was Goal-control which uses 14 cameras.
Seven of those are mounted on the stadium’s roof and trained on every goalmouth. These cameras can capture the three-dimensional positioning of the ball. When the ball passes the line at the goal, a vibration and optical signal would be forwarded to a watch worn by the referee.
It has become a necessity in a lot of sports in 2014. The NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB started experimenting with analytics to boost their teams. Analytics include data recording and running the metrics via a certain algorithm to make an advanced statistic.
5. Digital media and streaming.
There is full coverage through cable and could be accessed on several platforms and devices to make sure that viewers can watch coverage at all times. All coverage could be viewed live or in full-replay. The World Cup has an array of digital coverage.
6. Smart helmets.
In NHL and NFL in particular, concussions have started to eclipse the sport. The leagues have implemented new policies to diagnose concussions and rules to alter play in an attempt to minimize head injuries. The helmet is considered as the most important equipment worn by players due to the added protection it provides. Through weaving new sensor and magnet technology to this equipment, brain injury risk in sports could be minimized.
Technology has made the essence of some sports evolve. Technology, when applied in sports goes where man could not. Furthermore, more and more big leagues and competition are including all types of technological innovations for a fairer arbitration as well as measurement times.
Without doubt, technology advances have made its way into the homes of sports watchers who now have a way of following their favorite sports.