A Sportscape's Silicon Silk

Let us consider each vector of digital representation at the modern sports space as a thread of what I have termed the silicon silk. A quick list of these threads offers the following:

  1. official score heading from scorer's table to a central database
  2. score is then syndicated to various web sites in real time
  3. surveillance of players by television
  4. surveillance of spectators by television
  5. surveillance of spectators by closed-circuit cameras (Bale)
  6. game replays shown on Jumbotron
  7. spectators shown on Jumbotron
  8. television camera feeds sent to truck
  9. video truck to satellite dish
  10. radio coverage
  11. bar code scan for tickets at front gate
  12. ticket info sent to ERP system
  13. cell phone calls out of stadium enclosure
  14. cell phone calls into stadium enclosure
  15. wireless ordering of food/concessions from spectator seats
  16. wireless access to real-time in-game stats
  17. aerial surveillance photos in football
  18. scorer's computer to the Jumbotron and smaller arena scoreboards
  19. scores from other arenas on in-house scoreboards
  20. technologies to produce virtual graphics like the 1st-and-10 line in football
  21. a referee's use of instant replay during game
  22. speed radar gun in baseball
  23. RFID chips to measure offsides in soccer
  24. RFID chips to measure race times in marathons and other road races
  25. GPS technology attached to golf carts

We cannot forget other affiliated threads of silk, which vector away from the chrysalis only to branch back and return again. These include videogames, fantasy sports, gambling markets, scouting videos and more. And of course there are others, some of which I am missing, and some of which haven't been realized at this point.


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