Technology At Play
Reader's Digest India|June, 2019
Technology At Play

Sports viewing will become an even bigger adventure. Will cricket survive the VR onslaught?

Samit Basu

WHAT I FIND MOST OVERWHELMING about present-day sports is the sheer quantity of data that gets thrown at you, and the non-stop circus of round-the-year events that you’re expected to follow as a fan. I stopped watching cricket after the Indian Premier League started, and am now emotionally invested only in World Cups—by the time the semifinals come around, I would have done the 10 minutes of research it takes to be a leading social-media expert. This doesn’t bode well for my future as a sports lover, because the nature of sport itself is only going to get more intense over the next few decades, and soon, today’s wall-to-wall sports coverage is going to look as simple and non-intrusive as the Sportstar magazines of my youth.

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June, 2019