Man & Machine: Real Time Data and Referee Analytics

For years, media pundits have debated the merits of replacing human referees with “machines” that can fl awlessly call balls and strikes in baseball, decide if tennis balls are in and whether soccer balls have crossed the goal line. This panel will analyze how advances in technology and analytics are reshaping the relationship between referees, players, leagues and fans. As technology captures more and more data regarding the location and movement of the ball and players, both leagues and analysts are making use of the data to put the referee under increasing scrutiny. This panel will look at the use of data analytics in “real-time” on-fi eld situations as well as “after the fact” analysis of referee decisions.

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