Should Machines Officiate at Sports?

Don't they get it in Baseball? On TV, I watch the umpire call a ball on a pitch that is clearly a strike. How do I know? Because they show in the background an automated strike zone that shows the pitch within the designated area. But the umpire's call rules. I feel frustrated by this inaccurate mechanism…using a human to decipher what a machine should be doing.

Why not adapt technology to do what it is best capable of doing and let the umpire handle judgments that technology can't? We know that eventually they will. Baseball is already trying to shorten the expanding length of the games that routinely go on for over three hours because fans—especially the young ones—have reacted by not embracing such a long drawn out event.

Baseball is one of those sports that have been most reluctant to change. In the image below, the batter struck out but none of the pitches were in the strike zone. The last pitch was called a strike but clearly, it wasn't.

The batter struck out without the pitcher never throwing a strike.

The batter struck out without the pitcher never throwing a strike.

Frankly, today most sport events can be seen much more comfortably in front of a big TV than actually at the game. You get all the information from an overview sense. Baseball telecasts routinely cut away to other critical games, showing plays at other stadiums that affect the results. You have difficulty sitting in a ballpark with 25,000 to 50,000 people to seeing outside or inside plays. You do get the experience of the live event by being immersed in it and perhaps seeing some plays directly without alteration. But in our data fed world, that experience is becoming less relevant.

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1 comment on “Should Machines Officiate at Sports?

  1. ginasanders
    November 9, 2018

    As someone who's into sports, this is interesting. You can read More… But do you really need to? I am not entirely think this could be implemented anytime in the future. By future I mean 10-20 years. It's just way too ahead of out current technologies.

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