An article recently put out by the USA Today, dives into the influence technology is going to have on sports. This particular article, written by Paul Myerberg from USA Today Sports, dives into the influence AXON technology is now having on college football for play calling purposes.
Overall all of this is thought of as a positive thing. Most articles you read out there are excited for the change and influence that technology can have on sports. Things like introducing video replay to MLB leave little room for mistakes and errors in how a game flows.
Being an all around big sports fan, it’s easy to see the positive influence technology has had on all sports today, but there comes a point when you ask yourself “Where do you draw the line?” Is there ever a point that it goes too far and we lose the true meaning of the sport. With quarterbacks using technology for things like better play calling and increasing efficiency in huddles, is the skill of using technology becoming a big part of a quarterback’s mental training? Of course you will always have to have unique skill to compete on any professional level, but the question I am asking is does the increasing influence of technology in sports decrease the need for having a unique skill? In the back of my head it is hard to ignore that too much technology will take away from the authenticity of the game. It creates a blurred line when comparing athletes today to some of the all time greats.