Will HD Referee Cams Revolutionize Sports?
Recently, a Rugby league has been toying with the idea of attaching HD cameras, much like a GoPro in size, to the heads of referees to live stream during sporting events. By doing this, it allows the viewers to get a point of view feed right in the heart of all the action. With advancing video technology, will this become the sport standard in the next few years?
At this point, its just been an experiment with a Rugby league. However, fans have been very outspoken on the idea of adapting this to all sports in the upcoming years. It seems as though the latest lines of cameras have been built for this. The latest GoPro Hero3 for example, sports WiFi, fast frame rates and wonderful resolution, making the ability to stream live events painless.
However, with such technology, it could really end up undermining the job of the referee. Bad calls will immediately be viewed by thousands of people, calls that otherwise may go unnoticed. Though fans argue that it would provide some transparency, and end the possibility of rigged sports, and making play reviews even better.
Perhaps, sometime in the near future, you’ll be watching boxing matches as if you’re in the ring; watching that 100 mph fast ball fly over home plate; or even watching that black rubber puck slide across the ice in front of you. As for now, its an experiment, but this sports fan is excited for its adaptation into all sports.