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Along with many other writers on SBN blogs, I've spent the past two Fridays telling you how technology affects my sports-fan life, as prompted by the Samsung Corporation. Amazingly, the Samsung board of directors has been so pleased with the information SBN has offered them that they've decided to go on a tour of U.S. sports cities to ask us, personally, what's important to them. They've already visited Ben, proprietor of BlazersEdge, and I'm next on the list, probably because CEO Gee-Sung Choi is anxious to see the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
In any event, I'd like to go beyond teling them my theories about cell phones and video games -- in fact, I want to go beyond talking about what already is, and mine your ideas for the next step in sports fan technology. I mean, if I'm going to have an audience with the Samsung board of directors, I've gotta make the most of it. I know there are a lot of creative people who read Rufus on Fire, so let's brainstorm some brilliant innovations for cell phones, television, and the in-arena experience.
My (abbreviated) technology wish list is as follows:
1 -- Figure out a way I can turn off all announcers from television broadcasts and only hear the sounds of the game. As a corollary, figure out a way to broadcast TV shows and events with hundreds of different audio channel options. For sports, specifically, there could be the Official Broadcast Team, and then people who pay to broadcast their versions of events, whether it has to do with the game or not. If you pay for it, you get the audio channel. Good luck.
2 -- Mic up every player, and provide NASCAR-like radios for fans to rent, so they can listen to anyone, coach, player, official, or radio broadcast, all game. (Second stock car reference!)
3 -- Put a chip in the ball. Place a chip on every player. Track everything they do on the court or field, and make that data publicly available for free or low-cost.