by | Rushdi Abdul Rahim, email@example.com
Earlier this month, I was having a conversation with some friends over coffee. What started as a conversation about our favourite English Premier League (EPL) team, morphed into other sports in general and the future of sports. Since the coffee session was at a golf driving range, the conversation then turned to how golf has changed due to technology and its impact on golf course design, equipment, the athlete and more..
If we take this conversation and expand it further – what will be the future of sports with the impact of evolving technology?
I believe technology is an enabler and to understand the future of sports, there is a need to understand what drives sports popularity, and how it attracts multiple reactions and emotions. They are popular for a variety of reasons, stemming from their ability to capture human interest and engagement on multiple levels.
Here are some key factors that drive sports popularity:
Therefore, the popularity of sports can be attributed to the emotional, social, physical and cultural connections they create. They are a platform for human expression, competition and social interaction that resonates with people across the world.
So, where does technology come in? As a start, technology has been complementary in driving the changes in how sports are being conducted, enjoyed and consumed. Therefore, the future of sports technology will likely be both transformative and exciting, as technology continues to advance and integrate into various aspects of the sports industry.
Here are some key trends and potential developments in the intersection of technology and sports:
These trends and possibilities represent only a fraction of the potential ways technology will shape the future of sports. The continuous evolution of technology will undoubtedly lead to innovative breakthroughs that reshape how sports are played, watched and experienced by athletes and fans alike. This continued interest has driven the growth of the sports industry from USD486 billion in 2022 to USD512 billion in 2023.
We have prepared for you several insights and viewpoints on the future of sports in this current edition. I hope what is presented in this magazine will continue to be of interest to you and add value to the work you are doing. We welcome any content contributions, either in the form of viewpoints or insights you would like to share. Of course, comments are also welcome.
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