Use of Technology and Its Effect on Sports

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RESEARCH PROPOSAL

USE OF TECHNOLOGY AND ITS EFFECT ON

SPORTS

SUBMITTED BY

O.VISHNU (CB.CM.U3MAC09029)

CONTENTS

I. INTRODUCTION

II. AIM OF THE STUDY

III. STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM

IV. REVIEW OF LITERATURE

V. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

VI. HYPOTHESIS

VII. BIBLIOGRAPHY

INTRODUCTION

An era of increasing technological developments has impacted sports tremendously. In this report, we aim to explore how photo-finish and hawk-eye technology have brought more fair competition in professional sports today as compared to the past. We will also look into how swimsuit technology enhances physical attributes to improve the performance of athletes.

However, as with all forms of technologies, there are criticisms and controversies involved. We will examine the controversies thoroughly and conclusively argue upon the impact of technology on sports.

Will technology ever replace human referees? Technology has permitted accurate judgments in sports to provide fair competition for athletes competing at the highest level.

Most notably, photo-finish technology’s far-reaching usage can be seen in all major racing competitions and sporting events such as the Olympics and Commonwealth Games.

AIM OF THE STUDY

The innovative technology that is being used in sports marketing is reaching millions of people instantly. Technology is one of the main catalysts for today’s changes in how marketing is done. In this research, the main focus is the application of technology in sports and specifically cricket.

The Introduction of Television replays, Stump-cam, Snicko-meters, Hawk-eye technology and the ‘Hot spot’ has changed the phase of the game and has made it more appealing to the home audience.

Hawk-eye technology was used in Wimbledon, as it is played on lush grass, unlike French open and US open. Goal-line technology is also used in FIFA to determine disputed goals (whether the ball was in or out), other sports include Rugby, Basketball. Swimming etc.

The aim of the research is to study the possibility of gradual replacement of the human element by technology in sports.

STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM

Technology is the usage and knowledge of tools, techniques, crafts, systems or methods of organization. It’s basically, the application of scientific knowledge to practical use for the betterment of human life.

Technology is best-utilized, when applied on a controlled manner. After the introduction of technology, the game of cricket has become a bit of mechanical. The umpire’s role is not at all justified these days; their respect has diminished as a result.

Technology in sports is constantly changing in today’s era. This change is making a big impact, whether the technology is a disadvantage to the sport and slows down the speed of the game or uses the technology to an advantage and speeds the game up to help make accurate calls. It is hard to say whether the use of technology is more of an advantage or disadvantage.

REVIEW OF LITERATURE

Cricket is a game with a many rules and regulations to be followed, with a lot of them coming into picture at the international stage. And the so-called ‘best’ people to judge whether these things are followed have been the umpires, ever since the day when international cricket bodies came into existence.

After decades of this tradition, there has now come a twist in the tale. Though the umpires are trained to be one of the best, there are always chances of human error. And that has forced the entry of some technology in the umpire’s area of work, which includes features like the hawk-eye, the UDRS, etc.

Some of these technologies have proved to be a boon as they have almost eliminated the possibility of controversial decisions. The days have gone when cricket fans would shout at their TVs after being angered by Steve Bucknor’s altogether different decisions.

Also, the use of computerized analysis has helped the cricket...
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