Sports Data Visualization vs. Television

Sports Data Visualization vs. Television

IEEE Vis is a huge gathering of data visualization researchers and practitioners. This year, for the first time, it offered a workshop on data visualization in sports. What follow are a few thoughts on the current state of sports visualization.

Sports coverage in America is dominated by one name: ESPN. They have a hand in almost every sporting event at the professional level.

ESPN is also primarily a television company, and unfortunately for sports visualization, television and data visualization are largely incompatible. Data visualization often requires careful study and interaction, and television affords neither of these. During a sporting event, the opportunities to show stats last a matter of seconds, and there is certainly no opportunity for interactivity.

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