Too Much Tech Might Just Break Sports

Are sports in danger of breaking?

I know: that seems like an unnecessarily provocative sentence to kick off a column in The Future of Everything, but come on, what do you think I do around here? Work with me. I’m not saying sports aren’t still worth playing, watching and screaming at the television over. I recommend doing all of that, frequently, and especially if you watch the Mets.

I just wonder if we’re starting to suck the life out of our games. And sure, I’ll start by blaming technology. It’s OK, the robots don’t take it personally. (Yet.) The tech—the number-crunching data, the enhanced equipment, the push for precision superior to the human eye—is undeniably making athletes smarter and better. It has helped unlock new levels of team performance. But I wonder if sports are starting to get too smart for our own good, to the point where the games we love are becoming less interesting.

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