TV Turntablism

Watching Hockey Day in Canada last Saturday on the CBC, it dawned on me how often hockey players look at the jumbotron to review a play after it has occurred. Then I realized how often NFL players do it as well. Since I am usually watching basketball on television, and the players don't have the time to check the jumbotron that often, I didn't grasp the significance of this until now: the production of the televised professional sporting event is non-linear in time, in the same sense that the hip-hop turntablist produces music by playing a record and scratching it back and forth.

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  1. Stacey Van Schyndel says:

    Watching a university hockey game recently, i missed the game winning goal… I immediately looked to the score clock to see the replay, but obviously there was none. As a NHL hockey fan you rely instant replay. The game is so quick paced and fast that you always end up missing something, and you appreciate being able to see a video replay of it secondes later. But as a player, the question becomes whether or not it is beneficial or simply a distraction to the players. An argument can be made either way… Watching what you did wrong, seconds after you've performed it might help you correct your errors, but it might also leave you second guessing yourself and even more frustrated for performing that error to begin with. With the advancement of technology, instant replays have become an integral part of the game. But as much as this might be a good thing for the fans, is it not detrimental to the players? More often than not the players know what they did wrong, and simply need to shrug off the mistake and move on. This becomes extremely difficult if its being replayed over and over again. Players start over analyzing things and second guessing themselves. From a players perspective i think the sport of hockey was a simpler and better game without video replays and all of the technological advances that have come over the past couple of decades.