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The Next Generation in Sport Technology

Charley Trippi and Frank Sinkwich [Photo: Georgia Sports Communications]

Charley Trippi and Frank Sinkwich [Photo: Georgia Sports Communications]

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I cannot speak for everyone but I personally love statistics in regards to sports. I love seeing how many yards Aaron Murray has thrown for in his career. I enjoy being able to see how many yards after contact Todd Gurley has against conference opponents. All of these things are great; are they not? Now, grant me the opportunity to to guide your imagination for a moment. Picture a camera system that can track statistics of any given player at any given time of a game. Not only the mundane statistics that we are all used to, but even more sport specific statistics. Imagine a camera system that could track the speed of throw made by Hutson Mason 20 yards down field on a back shoulder route to Chris Conley. Imagine no more. The next generation is here.

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Stats LLC’s SportVU camera system could revolutionize sports as we know it. With capabilities to track certain player’s exact movements and provide advanced statistical data, the SportVU camera system could be the ultimate gamechanger for how fans watch and how coaches coach. The Sport VU system uses different cameras that can identify players by their jersey number and in turn provide a plethora of data. The VU is currently only on the basketball scene with NBA teams drooling at the mouth at the opportunities it could provide. Not only can the VU provide rebounding statistics, it can tell trainers and coaches the percentage a rebounds a player gets within five feet of the basket. The precise amount of data that it can provide will allow coaches to fine tune their teams and put out the best lineups for any situation.

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Because the SportVU system is so new, many teams are only in the discovery phase of the operating system. The possibilities are limitless. Most teams realize how big of an assest the SportVU could be in regards to self-scouting and trainers. The SportVU could very well be the biggest inovation to the game of competitive team sports since cameras themselves. That is a bold statement to make, but one that is worthy of the weight it carries.

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The SportVU system is revolutionary but also very demanding. With it’s implementation in the NBA, most teams have realized it takes an entire group of people putting in many hours to be able to produce data to the coaching staff that is relevant. For example, coaches do not need to know how many total steps were taken in dropbacks by Hutson Mason in the Nebraska game. But, it would be useful to the coaches to know Hutson’s completion percentage in a three step drop versus a five step drop.

The SportVU camera system has the technological world buzzing and the sports world starry eyed with the possibilities. It is impossible to predict its eventual impact on the game but it’s safe to say that it only grow in popularity. Will the SportVU change the face of competitive team sports? Only time will tell.

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