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How Will Artificial Intelligence Change the World of Sports?

Today, the technological landscape is expanding by all leaps and bounds, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) remains in the thick of it. A technology that is one for the present and future, AI is playing a massive role in shaping businesses to the core. From healthcare and entertainment to commerce and sports, Artificial Intelligence is transforming every industrial vertical for good. Here is how artificial intelligence will change the world of sports.

Sports and Artificial Intelligence

Speaking of the sports industry itself, the presence of AI today is to be seen in just about every major league around the world. From NHL and NFL to NASCAR and NBA, AI has changed the way we think of the sports world today. Take an example of Northern Sports only, for instance. The industry crossed a staggering figure of $73.5 billion by the end of the year 2019.

Okay — so, COVID-19 has caused a dent in the sports system — and a problem for sports. But we’ll get back on track! And, if you long to know more about how AI has impacted the sports world, here is a compiled, detailed list.

It’s fun and interesting to understand how Artificial Intelligence will shape or change the world sporting ecosystem around the world.

Ways AI will Change the Sports World

AI is changing the Sports world for good.

1. Enhancements in Recruitment Analysis

Be it soccer, basketball, baseball, or any other game, analyzing the performance data of players has been an age-long factor in determining whether a particular player will be successful at the club or not. Not only is the performance data analyzed for the recruitment of the players but also to determine the impact of a player mid-season.

Now while these performance data aren’t as accurate and contain numerous loopholes, the integration of AI into this process is making it more reliable and easy. AI can now analyze all the historical data about a particular player in order to come with a conclusion about whether or not a player would have an impact on the club. This even helps in determining what should be the market value of the player in the transfer window.

2. Use of Deep Learning by AI in NASCAR

Nascar is one of the famed sports around the world watched by millions of people in the US alone. However, there’s a dark side to this sport. Since the year 1950, NASCAR has recorded an average of more than one death annually. So in order to counter this problem, AI has a vital role to play.

With the help of deep learning, Artificial Intelligence is making use of the neural network that can identify a malfunction or kind of issue in the car much before the driver is at risk. Car AI is a technology that has been trained on a dataset to identify more than a thousand images of cars in multiple conditions and can be a boon in the world of NASCAR by making sure that the drivers are safe.

3. The Rise of Automated Journalism

Automated Journalism in the world of sports is now becoming a reality. Thanks to AI, an associated press like Minor League Baseball (MiLB) is now expanding its reach in journalism.

With the help of a platform called Wordsmith that uses statistics and data to come with narratives using the natural language, the press is now able to cover 13 leagues and more than 140 teams affiliated with MLB.

The “sporty” platform has brought a significant rise in the number of stories that the press is now able to cover. As per a report, this rise is a nearly 12-fold increase as compared to the press’ manual ways of reporting. Today, MiLB has covered more than 1500 such stories with the help of Wordsmith and AI. If you are a sports fan, like we all are — try it out.

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Originally published by
Andrea Laura | June 19, 2020
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