How The AI Movement Is Changing Sports

There has been many innovations in sport, but few have had the influence that AI currently has in sports.

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Barry Ugochukwu
February 16, 2023
Sports Tech

The majority of the improvements in the sport world have been technological. Technology has advanced so much throughout history that most tasks are now simple, quick, and efficient.

This is also the same in sports, where cutting-edge technology has transformed sport from a mere source of entertainment to one of fervent passion.

There has been many innovations in sport, but few have had the influence that AI currently has in sports. Artificial intelligence (AI) is the simulation of human intelligence functions by machines, particularly computer systems.

This has spread to include the entire sports industry and is now used for post-game and even live game analysis. It has changed how sports are run and even changed the fan experience.

Football referees have been using video assistant technology for years to assist with their accurate and precise decision-making. Data science has been used by coaches and athletes to enhance individual and team performance.

Furthermore, sports scouts now heavily rely on analytics to choose and sign new players, and they have been using big data to make quicker decisions on the field.

And now that AI—more specifically, Machine learning and Deep Learning has entered the picture, sports will change even more.

Everything in sports, including the events that take place during a game, has been altered by AI. The ability to make decisions has been greatly enhanced, as has the speed of the process. 

The next FIFA World Cup will feature the use of semi-automated robots, which has been one of the major uses of artificial intelligence in football. In many ways, this will alter sports.

The first change will be in how footballers play. Offsides and other fouls will now be measured with more care than they were in the past, leading to increased caution on the part of athletes as well as a change in their style of play to accommodate the new technology.

Because AI will be able to detect fouls more accurately than humans, we might start to see things that weren’t usually fouls before, turn into fouls. Athletes and fans would definitely have a lot of adjusting to do.

One drawback is the threat of replacing referees since they are ingrained in sports culture, and complaining to the refs is a major in game pasttime of both players and fans.

The pre-game activities will also gradually change. In order to help athletes analyze their play after a game, artificial intelligence tools like Edge, developed by STATS, are now used in coaching strategies. Edge pulls data from videos to help coaches make decisions. The thing about AI is that it can provide you with the problem as well as the solutions. Based on the insights it produces, changes can be made to training methods, dietary requirements, team composition, game plans, and injury management. 

AI may be able to identify and select talents with the aid of sensory data gathered from other devices, such as wearable tech. This indicates that AI will quickly become the foundation of every signing in sports.

Moov HR Sweat Band, XMetrics Pro Swim Tracker, and Catapult Playr Smart Football Tracker are a few examples of wearables that collect data that is useful for analysis, accurate feedback and injury management.

AI has also altered how sports fans view their favorite teams. Sports fans are becoming more engaged with the game and closer to the action thanks to artificial intelligence (AI). AI is being used by media outlets to deliver automated, customized, and interesting storytelling. In a basketball game, for instance, the shot accuracy of each player can be seen in a matter of seconds.

Holograms of players in stadiums are being developed by AI tech companies like VNTANA and Satisfi Labs in order to give fans a more engaging experience using mixed reality.

It's clear that the world of sport is changing and AI is leading the way.