How About Football Stadiums With 100s of High Definition Cameras Controllable By Viewers?

Well, it is amazing how much people get into their football, and if you are a sports enthusiast you know exactly what I’m talking about. You grab some pizza and beer, invite your buddies over, have a quick barbecue and turn on the large screen flat panel display in high definition. Isn’t life great? Sure it is, but it’s not as if you were there, you are merely watching on it all play out on TV. Nevertheless, sometimes the TV shows a better picture, and things you would not have been able to see if you were there in person. We all know this is true, but could we take it one step further?

What if there were hundreds of high definition cameras facing the field at all times? What if the viewers at home had an app on their iPad or iPhone allowing them to sync up with what they saw on TV, or open up additional boxes for viewing on the TV? In other words, they may want one of the cameras on the face of the opposing coach to watch his expressions every time their team scored a touchdown. They may also want one of the cameras continually focused on their favorite player no matter where he was on the field it would constantly track him.

If you have a large screen TV and display at home there is plenty of room for extra viewing boxes that could be displayed on the side. Wouldn’t that make watching the game so much more interesting? You bet it would, and it might be another venue for the NFL, College football, or the major TV networks to increase their revenue. It might also help the future of Google TV, Apple TV, or any of the other similar future market entrants into the space.

And why stop at 100 cameras, you might have 400 cameras, and as long as a certain percentage of people wanted to watch a certain player it would allow for that based on the percentage and number of people interested in tracking that player, coach, cheerleader, or referee. Some would say that for instance in New York City there are far too many cameras on every street and there is no sense of privacy. Well, when you are playing on a football field there should be no expectation of privacy when there are 40,000+ fans watching, plus the millions of America’s sitting in their living room watching TV.

Could something like this work? Sure it could, and it might keep the players more honest preventing fouls knowing that everyone is watching all the time. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.

Natasha M. McKnight

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