Now that we have officially reached the beginning of Spring, MLB lines are going to be the major focus of sports bettors in the United States. There is no slowing down the legal sports betting industry, and Major League Baseball will soon take center stage.
Even though legal sports betting continues to grow in the United States, there are some problems that have emerged in some of the top sports. Technology has actually created some of these issues, and that will likely be the case moving forward as well.
Most would agree that advances in technology are a good thing, but that’s not always the case when it comes to sports. Here are five of the top ways that technology has actually ruined or will soon ruin sports.
It appears as if Major League Baseball will be looking to use robot umps in the near future, and it could happen as early as the 2023 season. These robot umps will now be used in 2022 at the Triple-A level, and the results of this experiment will determine if they are moved up to the MLB level.
Even though human umpires have been known to get a number of calls wrong each game, there has always been a human element involved when it comes to baseball. Having a robot umpire behind home plate is going to be extremely different and it will also be unpredictable at first.
Late Game Reviews
Since technology has become so advanced, leagues are always looking to use this technology as a way to get calls right. Normally getting a call right is extremely important, but it’s created a massive problem during live sporting events.
The final few minutes of any sporting event can now take 20-30 minutes to complete as officials simply love going over to the monitors for a review. College sporting events have some strange rules in place, and these review often lead to ridiculous fouls or ejections occurring as well.
Weird Camera Angles
There are now more cameras available for a live broadcast than ever before, and you would think that this would be a good thing. The exact opposite has happened as television broadcasts are now using weird camera angles throughout the game.
This is one of those instances in which “less is more” and all of the new camera angles tend to take away from the action that is being played on the field or the court. It’s fine to use these new camera angles to show a replay, but using them during live action has ruined the live broadcasts.
There isn’t really much explanation needed with this one, but it’s pretty clear that social media is ruining sports at a pretty alarming rate. Social media isn’t necessarily ruining the action that takes place on the court or the field, but it’s ruining everything that happens off of it.
Social media doesn’t even have that big of an effect on the athletes, but the biggest effect comes from the fans. It’s not uncommon to see fans blasting their favorite athletes or teams after a poor performance and it just leads to a terrible environment for everyone involved.
Every major arena or stadium is now equipped with a massive video board, and there seems to be a contest to see which team can have the biggest option. It was great when these video boards were first introduced, but they are starting to become a real problem.
For one, these video boards can now actually affect the action on the field depending on the size and location of the video board. If they aren’t affecting the action then they can at least be distracting to both the players and the fans.
The biggest reason that video boards have ruined sports is that is the first place athletes look to after a play. They no longer focus on the task at hand, but everyone simply wants to see a replay or see themselves on the big screen.