Below are a series of articles I have written as a contributing author to the website Sport Techie. My articles cover different topics related to the interactions between sports and technology.
As we head in to week 6 of the NFL season, we’ve already seen some big changes in NFL technology. Debuting Week 1 on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, the 360 degree FreeD telecast provides fans an unprecedented look into recent plays.
The system uses 24 high-speed cameras to capture red-zone action from literally every angle, then stitches footage into one comprehensive view. This allows controllers to spin side-to-side around the entire play and maintain the best possible viewing angle at any given time. Aside from wowing fans with Matrix-esque footage, the long-term applications and impacts of this technology remain to be seen. [Read More]
For a sport that has been so resistant to changes within the game, Major League Baseball has been surprisingly receptive to changes coming around the game – specifically how it’s enjoyed by fans. MLB has embraced social media as a method for driving fan engagement and new interest in the sport. Through its award winning Fan Cave effort, the league has built a considerable following of over 1.2 million across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. More importantly, the average age of these followers is 20 years younger than the average age of traditional followers. [Read More]