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FAN Take – Does Enhanced Tech Help Sports Viewership?

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The U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club began on Thursday, June 14th, and Fox Sports’ opening day telecast coverage certainly didn’t lack controversy. Golf technology has made recent strides throughout the years and has successfully attracted younger, and more viewers of the sport. However, an article written by Sports Business Journal questions whether this technology has come too far.

The golf tech in question are the tiny microphones placed strategically around the course used to pickup conversations between golfers and opposing players as well as golfers and their caddies. These mics are placed around the tee box, around the greens, and even in the hole, which have provided TV viewers with fascinating banter between athletes in the past. But on Thursday, we didn’t hear many of the thoughts of Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, or the other athletes on the course.

Instead, fans “heard a lot from a loud and proud New York crowd.” According to many viewers, hearing from the crowd hurt the broadcast, and many fans found it distracting to hear their ill timed comments. That being said, the Fox Sports broadcast had its encouraging moments as well! TV viewers enjoyed other forms of golf tech including ball tracing, radar tech, flight tracking, and more.

Much like the advancements made in the world of golf tech, the FCFL will include its own cutting edge technology and aims to be a “technology playground.” The FCFL will leverage the latest in sports tech, from live stream helmet cameras to real time player biometrics, chips in the ball, and drones flying overhead capturing video game-like imagery of the action on the field.

Though meant to enhance the digital fan’s experience, we wonder whether any of the technology you might see in the FCFL will hinder viewership. What technology do you look forward to seeing in the FCFL? Do you think any of our ideas so far will help or hurt FCFL viewership? Let us know what you think!

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