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What Will The Future of Sports Commentary Look and Sound Like?

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There was a time in the not too distant past when listening to a guy, or two guys, commentate on a game or a fight was just about the only way sports fans could learn about their favorite sports events, apart from picking up a newspaper and turning to the sports section. That was about as much interaction as they could participate in. It was one way, and they had no choice. Or rather, they did have a choice: they could choose not to watch at all. Things have obviously changed a lot since then with advent of dedicated sports channels, radio shows, interactive content, phone-ins and online forums. The list goes on and on, with modern sports fans now spoiled for choice when it comes to content. This trend shows no sign of slowing as the pace of technology marches ever onwards. The boundaries between technology and sports are becoming more blurred all the time, as such it comes as no surprise that technology will continue to shape how we digest and experience sports commentary, debate and analysis into the future.

Web 2.0 and Social Streaming

Streaming has been, and will continue to be, part of those changes. For so long a dirty word, it has gone legit and now, and just like with movies and boxsets, is the way a lot of people get access to sporting content. It also means that no matter where you are, there’s a very good chance you can watch the match on your cell phone. That is not the end of the story, and it leads us into the other huge driving force behind the changing ways we watch sports. The audience themselves are no longer content to merely sit back and watch or listen. They are not content with only being able to debate online or call into a program or radio show. They want to create the content themselves. We’ll get back to streaming in a minute, but the rise in the popularity of podcasts, sports based ones especially, shows that people are not just happy to hear the same old voices. They want to hear from fans like themselves and get fresh perspectives. Former players are leading the charge among a new wave of influencers on the sports podcast circuit.

New Formats

Elsewhere, this collaborative focus is in evidence on game streaming platforms like Twitch. The success of the Amazon-owned brand has shown the appetite for this type of content, something that started in gaming and has grown to encompass traditional sports. The UFC for example, often at the forefront of innovative ways to get its content and message across has embraced Twitch with its own channel. It is almost inevitable that esports platforms like Twitch were going to end up influencing traditional sporting media. The free-form, anarchic space of these services is a breath of fresh air. You will have a choice to get your commentary from the traditional sports commentator, or alternatively you may opt for a former coach giving his views on proceedings, or perhaps even take in post-game analysis from Snoop Dogg or Ricky Gervais.

The AR Revolution

It doesn’t stop there however. Technology allows us to do so much more than merely watch what’s going on on the field. Using the capabilities that 5G offers, augmented reality adds another layer – literally – of content. The possibilities are practically endless. Live analysis, data and stats of each player can be called up, displayed on the screen in real time. The vision with such technologies is to create the ultimate immersive experience for the viewer. Broadcasters are already investing heavily in this. This is the way they see the future, for everyone. The only problem for the sports fan could be to remember that behind all the extras and add-ons, there’s an actual game going on.

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SEVENTEEN DK throws out the first pitch? MLB praises K-pop idol’s strategy to solicit recruitment

“The multi-talented K-pop idol recently caught the attention of Major League Baseball (MLB) after they gave him a surprise shoutout on their official Twitter account.”

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SEVENTEEN’s DK is making headlines again, but this time, it’s not for his stellar vocals or captivating stage presence. The multi-talented K-pop idol recently caught the attention of Major League Baseball (MLB) after they gave him a surprise shoutout on their official Twitter account.

This unexpected nod from MLB didn’t just excite DK’s fans; it also hinted at the possibility of him throwing the first pitch in an upcoming baseball game. Known for his charismatic personality, DK responded with a sweet and heartfelt reaction that resonated with his supporters. The buzz around this potential crossover between K-pop and baseball has both the music and sports worlds talking.

SEVENTEEN’s DK receives MLB shoutout; first pitch in the works

DK, also known by his full stage name Dokyeom, got a pleasant surprise on the morning of May 22 (KST) when he discovered that MLB’s official Twitter page had given him a shoutout. The video that caught MLB’s attention featured DK throwing a pitch while wearing Shohei Ohtani’s Dodgers jersey, initially posted by DK on his personal Instagram. Major League Baseball praised DK’s pitching technique and revealed that the SEVENTEEN member is an avid baseball fan with a childhood dream of becoming a baseball player.

MLB added an intriguing question to their tweet: “Who wants to see him throw out a first pitch at an MLB game?” This tantalizing hint has fans excited about the possibility of DK taking the mound in an official capacity. MLB team futures are buzzing with anticipation, which suggests a future collaboration that could bring even more excitement to the sport. DK shared that MLB had reached out to him, and their official account even followed him on Instagram, furthering the speculation.

DK expressed his surprise and excitement on Weverse, HYBE’s platform for fan and artist interactions. He remarked that he couldn’t believe the turn of events and thanked his fans for their unwavering support. The potential crossover between the music and sports worlds has fans from both arenas eagerly awaiting more developments. With DK’s charm and enthusiasm, a first-pitch appearance could be a memorable fusion of K-pop and Major League Baseball, creating an unforgettable moment for everyone involved.

About DK of SEVENTEEN

DK, whose real name is Lee Seokmin, is a vital member of SEVENTEEN, serving as part of their Vocal team since the group debuted on May 26, 2015, with their EP 17 Carat. Known for his rich, melodious vocals, DK has a passion for singing that most say shines through in every performance. He seizes any opportunity to showcase his vocal talents, whether it’s on stage, during interviews, or in casual settings.

DK’s role extends beyond just being a vocalist; he is also the leader of SEVENTEEN’s sub-unit BSS (BooSeokSoon), which includes fellow members Seungkwan and Hoshi. This sub-unit recently gained attention with its OST for the popular show Queen of Tears, headlined by Kim Soo Hyun and Kim Ji Won. The track, titled “The Reason of My Smiles,” has touched many hearts and demonstrated DK’s versatility and emotional range as a singer. Balancing his responsibilities in both SEVENTEEN and BSS, DK continues to profoundly impact fans worldwide.

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AI’s Transformation of Sports Betting Will Be Slow But Sure

“It should be more interesting to speculate on how AI will change the betting experience rather than the act of betting itself. “

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There is no getting away from the influence of artificial intelligence at the moment. Indeed, it has been predicted to disrupt every major industry. Naturally, there is also a lot of talk about how AI is going to disrupt sports. As an example, look at what Intel is doing with the Paris Olympics this summer. It provides a taste of the future of fan interaction, athlete performance, and, of course, data.

Yet, it is also interesting to see the predictions for AI’s role in sports betting, particularly on the bettors’ side. There are a plethora of AI prediction tools available right now. Some of which are built on OpenAI’s GPT Store, essentially a storefront of microservices. If you consider ChatGPT to be a general chatbot, able to answer questions on any topic, then a GPT is a specific one, trained to be an expert in a certain field, so why not football picks or a means to find the best horse racing odds or optimum strategies for basketball betting?

AI can only go so far in sports predictions

While an AI predictor can be a handy tool, we would stop short of proclaiming that it is some kind of all-conquering weapon to beat the bookmakers. For a start, there seems to be a misunderstanding – or willful ignorance – of how sportsbooks work in setting odds. Marketers of these AI tools tend to portray bookmakers’ odds on an event as a code waiting to be unlocked by AI. Yet, it overlooks the role that AI is increasingly playing in the actuary of setting a market and the betting industry’s ability to react to market movements.

In the simplest terms, if everyone is betting on Horse A because AI deemed it would be the winner, then the odds are going to reflect that, with sportsbooks also ensuring that their margins are intact. However, there is also a lack of admission that AI will allow sportsbooks to front run the market. It’s not a zero-sum game, and sportsbooks don’t hold a limitless pot of money waiting to be plundered by bettors. The same contradiction is being made with AI trading bots, claiming that they can make everyone rich by trading stocks. In trading, as with sports betting, there must be winners and losers to support the market.

In all of this, it should also be noted that AI – or rather, the large language models (LLMs) that underpin the decision-making process – can be overestimated in terms of its prowess. LLMs can certainly analyze vast amounts of information, but they do not “think” in the way that humans do. In fact, the AI itself doesn’t understand what it is saying; it predicts a series of words based on their relevancy to each other. This is important in the sense of how it deals with data: Structured data – previous results, player’s stats, home versus road outcomes – is fine for analysis. Unstructured data – a player’s mental fragility, a team’s propensity to choke – is better when in the purview of humans.

The betting experience will be transformed

It should be more interesting to speculate on how AI will change the betting experience rather than the act of betting itself. One term we hear time and time again is “personalization.” This refers to using AI to curate your homepage feed, for example, on an online sportsbook. It makes sense, of course. If you don’t ever bet on baseball, it’s fairly pointless to be greeted by MLB lines when you log in. They can take it further, certainly, moving you toward the types of bets you like to make. Those may be parlays or props bets, and tailored special offers and odds boosts to your favorite sports.

Forbes points out that real-time data feeds could help inform bettors of available strategies for live betting. It’s important to understand the difference between this and chatbot sports predictors that are being marketed across the web currently.

These firms, such as Swish Analytics, are aimed at informing the user of possible options. Perhaps the best way we can frame it is that they make sports betting ‘recommendations’ rather than sports betting ‘tips.’. However, as we pointed out earlier, sportsbooks will continue to take steps to protect their margins.

Some feel that the pursuit of data takes the fun out of betting. The enjoyable part of sports betting has always been finding value in something that you believe is unseen, picked up by a gut feeling or some spark of intuition. Using an algorithm – and now AI – can remove that entertainment value. Of course, bettors will always pursue profit, but the entertainment factor also counts.

One of the problems with analyzing AI’s impact on any sector is that we’re still very early in the process. ChatGPT is less than two years old. Some have suggested that we are in a similar stage to the World Wide Web in the 1990s. Back then, we did not know how revolutionary it would be. Most of us failed to predict outcomes like mass social media, the iPhone revolution, and so on. As such, it is still speculative to speculate on AI’s impact on sports betting beyond the admission that it will disrupt a multi-billion dollar industry in the coming years.

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NFL International Games 2022: Teams, Venues, Dates & Times for International Football Matchups

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The National League Football is America’s most popular sports league, and it has made it openly clear that it plans to expand its reach beyond the shores of the country.

For a long time, the league has experimented playing games internationally over the years, with the first of its kind being a 2005 regular season game between the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico.

The league is once again planning to tour internationally, beginning in October. For the first time ever, three different countries in Europe and North America will host the 2022 NFL international series. There will be five international games played; three in the United Kingdom, one in Mexico, and one on German soil.

Last year, the league announced that it would be expanding the regular season, beginning from the 2022 season. With that being said, the 2022 international games would feature ten teams who made the playoffs last year, plus the NFC North and NFC South champions.

It is worth noting that the 2021 NFL international series only featured two games, both played in London; the Atlanta Falcons vs the New York Jets, and the Jacksonville Jaguars vs the Miami Dolphins.

Here’s the NFL 2022 schedule for international games as announced by the league:

  • Fixture: Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints

Date: Sunday, Oct. 2

Time: 9:30 a.m. ET

Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London

Live broadcast: NFL Network

  • Fixture: New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers

Date: Sunday, Oct. 9

Time: 9:30 a.m. ET

Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London

Live broadcast: NFL Network

  • Fixture: Denver Broncos vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Date: Sunday, Oct. 30

Time: 9:30 a.m. ET

Venue: Wembley Stadium, London

Live broadcast: ESPN+

  • Fixture: Seattle Seahawks vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Date: Sunday, Nov. 13

Time: 9:30 a.m. ET

Venue: Allianz Arena, Munich

Live broadcast: NFL Network

  • Fixture: San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals

Date: Monday, Nov. 21

Time: 8:15 p.m. ET

Venue: Estadio Azteca, Mexico City

Live broadcast: ESPN

Source: NFL.com

The 2022 NFL international games kick off with consecutive weekends in North London at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, where the EPL soccer team, Tottenham Hotspur F.C., plays its home games.

This year will mark the third time the Saints and Vikings play in the UK. The two teams will play at Tottenham Hotspur stadium for the first time ever. Both teams have won their previous two UK games, so it will definitely be interesting, and you can place a bet online to see who comes out on top come Sunday, October 2.

The next Sunday will feature the NFC North champions, the Green Bay Packers, led by Aaron Rodgers and the New York Giants. Green Bay earned a spot in this year’s international series after clinching the NFC North for the third year in a row. This marks their first-ever regular season game overseas.

As for the Giants, this will be their third appearance on London soil. They were previously featured in 2007 at Wembley Stadium against the Dolphins and in 2016 at Twickenham against the Los Angeles Rams, winning both games.

Next is the game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Denver Broncos at Wembley Stadium. This venue was the first stadium in Europe to host a regular season NFL game as 81,176 fans were present to watch the face-off between the Giants and Dolphins.

The Jaguars are making their ninth regular season trip overseas. They were featured in a 26-3 loss against the Houston Texans at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium last year, but will be returning to Wembley after previously making seven straight appearances from 2013 to 2019.

The Broncos are making their first trip back to the UK since their 24-14 loss against the 49ers at Wembley in 2010. Denver’s superstar QB Russell Wilson will be making his first international appearance as well.

On November 13, the NFL will play its first-ever regular season game in Germany featuring the two-time Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Super Bowl XLVIII winners the Seattle Seahawks. The game will be played at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Bavaria where Bundesliga soccer team FC Bayern Munich plays its home games.

The NFL will bring the final game of the international series close to home at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. The venue is no stranger to NFL games and will yet again host a NFC West rivalry game between the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals, a rematch of the first-ever NFL regular season game played outside the US.

NFL International Regular Season Games Since 2017

2017

Ravens (7) vs Jaguars (44) – Wembley

Saints (20) vs Dolphins (0) – Wembley

Cardinals (0) vs Rams (33) – Twickenham

Vikings (33) vs Browns (16) – Twickenham

Patriots (33) vs Raiders (8) – Azteca

2018

Seahawks (27) vs Raiders (3) Wembley

Titans (19) vs Chargers (20) – Wembley

Eagles (24) vs Jaguars (18) – Wembley

2019

Bears (17) vs Raiders (21)      – Tottenham

Panthers (37) vs Buccaneers (26) – Tottenham

Bengals (10) vs Rams (24) – Wembley

Texans (26) vs Jaguars (3)       – Wembley

Chiefs  (24) vs Chargers (17) – Azteca

Jets (20) vs Falcons (27) Tottenham

2021

Dolphins (20) vs Jaguars (23) – Tottenham

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