Game Day Technology

Technology seems to be advancing at an increasingly rapid pace in the modern world, and it has influenced the ways in which people work, play and go about living their daily lives. Thanks to modern technological advances, people are able to work more efficiently, communicate more effectively and entertain themselves much more comprehensively. In addition to changing the world on a personal level, technology has transformed virtually every sector of society. The world of sports is based largely upon games that existed before the dawn of the transistor, but electronics and sports have been closely intertwined in the modern age. As a result, technological discoveries and advances have improved numerous facets of the sporting world.

American football is the most popular spectator sport in the United States, and the National Football League is an industry worth nearly ten billion dollars. Because professional football is so popular and lucrative, the NFL is often the first professional sports league to capitalize and leverage new technology. Nearly every aspect of the sport has been influenced by technology, and everyone involved in the game has been impacted by the use of electronics.

On game day, professional football teams use electronics extensively. Coaches use wireless headsets to maintain communications with their assistants and key players on the field. While coaches have been wearing headsets for this purpose for some time, wireless headsets are a fairly recent innovation. In the past, coaches needed to keep a person at their sides at all times to handle the slack of the headset cords. While they were able to roam the sidelines, it also resulted in a number of trips, falls, stumbles and other accidents. Since the advent of wireless headsets, coaches have been able to pace the sidelines freely without the dangers associated with long, unruly cords and other people just to handle those cords.

There are many other aspects of the NFL game that exemplify how electronics and sports work together. Fans at home watch the game on flat-screen HDTV sets, and they are able to determine with a glance where a team has to advance the ball to earn a first down thanks to a superimposed line that exists in nearly every professional football broadcast. Remote-controlled cameras that are suspended high above the field give fans a unique, three-dimensional view of the game. Coaches are using tablet computers now, to give players electronic copies of offensive and defensive playbooks.

There is no doubt that electronics and sports will continue to grow together as the world makes its way through the 21st century. Although football tends to ride on the cutting edge of technology, other sports have been utilizing electronics just as inventively. Baseball pitchers and fans can determine the speed and trajectory of any pitch with amazing accuracy and detail. Tennis games are broadcast with incredibly accurate serve speeds. Fans of motor sports are treated to reams of data with each revolution around the track. Thanks to modern technology, numerous sports have improved tremendously for fans, coaches, players, officials and everyone else involved.

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