I heard a radio news spot about Daktronics (of Brookings, South Dakota) and how they are making it easier for high schools and small colleges to put up glitzy online live stats — a la ESPN — for their sports programs using DakStats.
South Dakota Public Broadcasting used DakStats during last season’s state basketball championships for a “Live Scoreboard”, which showed individual & team stats and a diagram of the court showing each shot. That proved to be very popular; 20,000 visitors over the three day tournament. Not bad for a state that has a total population of around 800,000.
I wonder what the next iteration of this technology will be; an RFID chip in each player and the ball, with a system to track who is where and display a real-time CG ball game for internet viewers? Who knows?