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How Technology Has Changed the Way We Watch Sports

It’s no secret that technology has touched every facet of our lives, from dating to gambling to how we keep tabs on our weight. There is no surprise then that technology has revolutionized the world of sports. Imagine, there is barely any videotape available from the first Superbowl! Now you could Google any game and watch it on YouTube or the channel it originally aired on. Sports technology has been growing for decades to include the amazing innovations we have today. Below we give examples of how technology has changed the way we watch sports.

High Definition Television as Sports Technology

The quality of the graphics, visual aids and statistics of a sporting event viewed on a high definition television are rivaled only by going to the game in person. Even then, you don’t get the extreme close ups and surround sound. It has been suggested that high definition television has been responsible for declining ticket sales. It’s not surprising since you can get such an amazing view of the game without paying for tickets, buying expensive snacks and having to wait in line for the bathroom!

Mobile Sports Technology

Sports broadcasting companies now offer bundling of sports that can be viewed through several devices with the same account. Get on-demand coverage by watching through your cable provider, as well as login to a smartphone or tablet to get the same material. Watch a variety of sports as long as you are connected to the Internet, from anywhere in the world at any time of day from your mobile device or a Smart TV.

Statcast Technology for Baseball Games

Statcast is a revolutionary new technology for baseball games that collects data over a series of high-resolution optical cameras and radar equipment. These cameras track the precise motions and location of the baseball along with every player on the field. This results in a comprehensive list of stats from the acceleration and speed of the ball, time from throw to catch, speed of throws and route efficiency. Viewers additionally see a report of the base runners’ reaction times, hitters’ exit velocities and launch angle measurements. In general, every movement that takes place from the pitcher, batter and all other players gets measured, then reported on the screen. More than 30 Major League ballparks have adopted Statcast and managers are using it as a training tool with players.

Social Media

Sites like Twitter and Facebook have made it so you’re never watching the game alone. People can post and Tweet in real time as the events of the game unfold and comment back and forth. Social media and blogging allow for columnists, athletes, beat writers and the fans to engage in discourse. Players especially get a chance to speak to their fans directly, although sometimes this can get messy. Regardless, it is amazing to think what times would have been like if Babe Ruth could Tweet what was on his mind back in the day.

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Can Playing Video Games Make Us Better in Business?

Thanks to smartphones putting a handheld console in everyone’s pocket, video games are more popular than ever. In 2013, the video game industry pulled in over $21 billion in sales, and today, more adult women identify as video game players than do teenage boys. Aside from providing hours of entertainment and brain workouts, video games can actually make entrepreneurs better in business. The same skills that make an individual a successful gamer are the traits that lead to business success. Below we discuss video game principals that can be applied today to make us better at managing or running a business.

Learn That Success Means Constant Improvements With Video Games

All successful video games have improved on their original versions with each addition to their franchise. Games like Super Mario Bros, Madden NFL, Call of Duty and HALO are excellent examples of games where the developers did not wait for everything to be perfect before releasing their first edition. Instead, they continually relied on their broad spectrum of customers to play the games and help them find their flaws and areas that need improvement. Video games can teach business leaders that success is an ongoing process.

Video Games Demonstrate a Quick-Win Culture

When you’re playing a video game, you experience short-term wins. Most successful games are designed with these short-term wins so that a habit of success is instilled in the long-run. It is up to business leaders and owners to create and celebrate a quick-win culture in order to foster the long-term success of their company. This requires setting up achievable, actionable near-term goals and a clear picture as to how those goals lead toward the broader objectives of the business. Video games can replicate this experience with their design, which breaks them down into checkpoints, worlds, levels and stages. These measures of progress keep our interest in the game and will work the same way for keeping your staff engaged in achieving business goals.

Video Games Make Saving a Habit

The more complex that video games have become the more important that the saving progression has become to successful completion of the game. Saving lets players start in the same spot where they left off. Just like a business entrepreneur, gamers spend hours collecting, working and advancing. Since no one wants to repeatedly start over from square one, it makes perfect sense for business owners to build redundancies and backups for the most critical systems for the success of the enterprise. It is also a good idea to practice personal backup protocols, by capturing lessons learned so we do not fall into a routine of making the same mistakes over and over again. The most successful professionals, executives and even world leaders have benefitted from keeping a work journal, written or digital.