Infinitesimal margins—whether a baseball landed in fair territory, or a football crossed the plane of the goal—can send one team to victory and the other
to defeat. Until recently, those inches and centimeters have been difficult for
officials to measure—leaving plenty of room for debate.
That’s changing, thanks to tech projects deploying advanced video capture,
sensor analysis, data transmission, and processing and storage capabilities. Sports
leagues worldwide are racing to test and implement new technologies that add
precision and authority to the way games are officiated—and reduce doubt about
final scores. Project managers are finding themselves in a new field of play, doing
high-profile work that helps referees make the right call or athletes boost performance. Football, American football, hockey, auto racing and cricket are among
the sports for which tech projects deliver game-changing results.
WHEN A BIG GAME
COMES DOWN TO
THE WIRE, MILLIONS
OF FANS HOLD
THEIR BREATH AND
WAIT FOR THE CALL.