There were a large number of tech announcements this week and some of them impact the world of sports. Rick also spent the last three days at FarmLinks in Alabama. FarmLinks is part of Pursell Farms, and it is a research and demonstration golf course.
1. Rick is back from a media golf trip to FarmLinks in Alabama.
A high tech research and demonstration golf course you can play.
2. The new iPhones
With the announcement of the iPhone 5S and 5C how do these relate to sports and technology.
3. Wearable technology
Forecasts say that by 2018 there will be 96 million users of app-enabled mHealth and mobile-fitness hardware devices, up from 15 million this year. In the healthcare sector, App-enabled mHealth will be used to enable services ranging from remote patient monitoring to mobile ultrasound services. Is it too much?
4. NFL to consider “Goal Line” technology
Lengthy reviews on whether a ball has crossed the plane for a six-pointer could be a thing of the past if the NFL decides to implement something similar to soccer’s goal-line review system. “We have looked at this type of emerging technology and would not rule out using it at some point in the future,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said via email. The system is an adaptation of the Hawk-Eye technology that has long been used in tennis to determine whether a ball is in or out. In its soccer guise, an encrypted signal is sent within a second to a watch worn by the referee, informing him if the whole of the ball has crossed the line for a goal. Paul Hawkins, the inventor of Hawk-Eye, admitted his company had spoken to American sports leagues but perhaps understandably did not want to go into detail about the nature of the talks. “There are ways we could assist in a number of American sports where there is a desire to get the officiating decisions correct,” Hawkins told Yahoo! Sports.
5. The NFL settles their concussion lawsuit, but is it over?
Four former NFL players have sued the league and its helmet maker, claiming they hid information about the dangers of brain injury. They want medical care for past, current and future NFL players. The ex-players — Jimmy Williams, Rich Mauti, Jimmy Keyes and Nolan Franz — filed the federal lawsuit in New Orleans on Sunday. Last week, the NFL tentatively agreed to pay $765 million to past players with health problems that can be caused by concussions, but some said the amount should have been more.
6. Tickets go high tech, but will tickets get cheaper?
SecuTix SA, a subsidiary of the ELCA group, has secured an initial three-year contract which will run from 2015 and therefore covers Euro 2016 in France, as well as all Uefa club competition finals and Super Cups during that time. The deal also includes an option to extend until 2020. According to Uefa, SecuTix SA was selected following a six-month tender process which launched in February and saw 30 eligible offers made by the initial deadline. The contract covers the implementation of a system integrating the needs of ticketing, hospitality and VIP services, as well as interfaces to external systems including payment services, access control and the Uefa finance system.