Cameras Changing the Game
Technology in sports has grown rapidly. Instant replay was introduced to football, and basketball for the purpose of determining time, and to verify if certain calls were correct. Hockey adopted instant replay as well for goals, and years later baseball joined the new age.
First adopted by the NFL, 17 owners voted against renewing instant replay because it slowed down the game and failure to get the calls correct was a reaccuring theme. However as technology improved the NFL revisited the idea, and the system has seen improvement.
Now - there is instant replay for officials in every major sport. However, it is not just for the officials benefit. Instant replay is used by fans watching games in the comfort of their own home. With the introduction of the pylon cam, fans can gain a sense of the action by being so close to the field.
Let's take a step further. What if there were cameras in the ball? Or in the gear? On a helmet? This would bring watching a sporting event to a whole new level. The feeling of being actually at the game would partly be true. With technology growing as well, each camera could be sync'd to a motion sensor to locate where the ball is. If the center has his hand on the ball and proceeds to snap the ball to the quarterback, the camera switches to where the ball is located. As a fan - you have the feeling of being in the game.
Or with a guest pass a fan can control which camera they want to see on the television. If my favorite player is wide receiver Julio Jones I want to see what he is seeing at the line of scrimmage. Then I can switch to the helmet cam of quarterback Matt Ryan to witness what he is seeing in the defensive coverage. After, I switch back to the helmet cam of Julio Jones because he is my favorite player and being in the moment with him is exhilirating as a fan.
Even for reporters, and beat journalists, breaking down coverage schemes is a part of the job. With cameras in helmets or on the ball, reporters could have another source or another angle to cover the team. For example I am the team analyst, and I need to see what quarterback Aaron Rogers saw on the game winning touchdown pass because I need to share that information to his favorite fan, Daine Pavloski. He wants to see what Rogers saw, and wants to know the thought process for Rogers' fade pass to the corner of the endzone. Why did he throw there? Rather than throwing the ball over the middle where the safety played aggresively?
Technology has changed the game for officials, but from a viewing perspective - cameras could be the new age of watching sports.