Technology is radically changing the relationship between fans and the teams they love.
Power to the People
- The amount of content produced by fans uploading video streams and images of live games (from smartphones inside the arena) will regularly exceed the amount generated by official broadcasters — and will be seen by more people.
- Teams will designate fan-appointed ombudsmen to represent fans in major team decisions. Fan-sourced input will be common.
- Mobile devices and augmented-reality headgear will display the statistical advisability of plays and audibles before they happen. Monday-morning quarterbacking will be real-time (i.e., live during the game), with crowdsourced polling generating play-calling recommendations (“Give it to Marshawn Lynch!”) faster than the coach on the field can get the real play into the huddle.