Instant Re: Play

A quick reminder: Many have commented on the impact that television has had on the world of professional sport, from an economic shift due to the rise in corporate sponsorship, to strategic shifts caused by TV timeouts. On the same topic, Virilio describes the privilege that those absent from the game (ie. the televiewer) holds over those present.

Furthering Virilio's observation, I wanted to highlight another (perhaps obvious) point concerning instant replay and officiating. It is the camera feeds from the TV networks covering a game that are used for the in-game reviews of questionable or disputed calls in the NFL, NBA and NCAA.

That is, the network infrastructure has insinuated itself into professional sport so pervasively that it no longer simply influences the latter, but rather, via league legislation, exists structurally as part of its games.


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