8 Ways Technology Has Changed Sports
UPDATED ON 5-23-2016
If the inventors of our traditional, beloved sports—think Abner Doubleday for baseball and James Naismith for basketball—witnessed the impact of modern-day technologies on their games, it's questionable whether they would even recognize the games they created. Big data analytics, mobility, e-commerce, social media, wearable technology and the cloud have all had an immense impact on the games we watch and play. For instance, parents can take high-def video of their kids’ soccer games and immediately post it on Twitter. Fans can call up team scores and stats on mobile devices virtually as soon as every play happens. And pro athletes and teams can gain greater insights into optimal training methods through a host of modern advances and apps. Meanwhile, everybody—players, fans and media alike—get to discuss all of this and more 24/7 every day of the year due to a seemingly endless number of online outlets in which our national sports obsessions are discussed. In other words, technological innovation has not only altered the way we have interacted with sports over the last 20 years, it also has changed the sports themselves. So, here's a look at some of the most dramatic changes technology has made on sports.