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Twitter As Realtime Sports Reporter

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the lts-f-cmprssion'ld-b-hndy dept.

Communications 47

mikejuk writes that a "group of researchers at Rice University think that '[t]he global human population can be regarded as geographically distributed, multimodal sensors.' When it comes to sporting events, it seems that all you have to do is look to the Twitter frequency. The system that they created seems to work for most games. The exception to this is the Super Bowl for the reason that the sheer number of tweets about the game saturated the Twitter distribution system and so they couldn't pick out the maximum in tweet frequencies. They also have some interesting observations on how fast tweets follow an event." Sports reporting via Twitter makes me think of the stories about Ronald Reagan's broadcasting exploits creating "live" play-by-play based on telegraphed updates — and sometimes the wire went dead. I wonder whether the control-happy local franchises will do anything to prevent in-person fans creating and sharing such instant play-by-play accounts.

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River 1 - Belgrano 0 (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36577600)

River 1 - Belgrano 0

GoldCup (1)

rottz (22686) | more than 2 years ago | (#36577640)

Tons of people were realtime tweeting about the #GoldCup last night, even Celebs that don't usually talk about soccer. Prolly cuz it was in LA. Too bad US couldn't hold 2-0 lead, letting 4 goals in a row is embarrassing.

High school sports (4, Interesting)

theantipop (803016) | more than 2 years ago | (#36577698)

I've been using Twitter to get realtime high school sports scores for a year or so. It's really the only way I've found to do this because even local news websites don't post scores until hours after a game is over at best, and usually not until the next day.

Re:High school sports (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36577816)

even local news websites don't post scores until hours after a game is over at best

I agree, everything should be done in real time as and when you demand it. What is the world coming to when it takes hours for someone to update a website with college sport results? Almost like the staff at local news outlets prioritize the revenue generating parts of their job and/or personal lives or something... Those thoughtless inept fuckers, not updating websites in realtime for the one individual in thousands who can't wait a few hours!

Re:High school sports (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36578334)

screw that, I want the scores posted BEFORE the event.

Re:High school sports (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36579728)

It's exactly this attitude that sees old businesses losing more and more tech-savvy customers (read: youngins) to other, often free services

Yes. (1)

Kid Zero (4866) | more than 2 years ago | (#36577726)

. I wonder whether the control-happy local franchises will do anything to prevent in-person fans creating and sharing such instant play-by-play accounts.

The SEC (American College Football) already frowns upon tweeting the games.

Re:Yes. (1)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 2 years ago | (#36577780)

. I wonder whether the control-happy local franchises will do anything to prevent in-person fans creating and sharing such instant play-by-play accounts.

The SEC (American College Football) already frowns upon tweeting the games.

They can frown all they want. Let them start deploying cell phone jammers at stadiums, and then there will be trouble.

Re:Yes. (2)

kenrblan (1388237) | more than 2 years ago | (#36578214)

Have you been to an SEC stadium for a football game? No special technology is required to jam the cell phones. The extreme concentration of people with phones usually overwhelms the capacity of the cell networks. The real danger from the conference's perspective is the home viewer tweeting details of each play. Most of the cell activity at the game is people trying to coordinate with family and friends about locations and refreshments, game statistics, or scores from other games. Overall, the last thing the SEC needs to focus on is twitter effect on revenue. Their television contracts are huge in terms of both dollars and ratings. Given the choice of a Twitter feed for updates, television, or the in-stadium experience, even the most casual fan will pick Twitter last.

Twitter, however, is excellent for people trying to keep track of sports from colleges and universities that don't have large television or radio presence. My alma mater is a prime example. It's located in a very rural location and most graduates move far away after graduation. As an FCS/I-AA school, television appearances are rare. Only a couple of radio stations actually air the games. That leaves a streaming audio stream from the campus radio station and Twitter. Twitter has the added bonus of recreating some of community experience since many of my friends might be following along and commenting as things unfold.

Supporting my argument about the cell networks, I went to a game between my alma mater and Tennessee at Neyland Stadium last year. The game wasn't quite a sell-out, but attendance was around 99,000. Doing anything on the cell phone was an exercise in futility.

I use twitter for ALL breaking news (4, Insightful)

mykos (1627575) | more than 2 years ago | (#36577736)

Collectively, twitter is faster and more accurate than news outlets.

Re:I use twitter for ALL breaking news (2)

Announcer (816755) | more than 2 years ago | (#36577800)

It's also great when Facebook goes down, to discern whether it's a problem with just your account, or everyone's.

Re:I use twitter for ALL breaking news (1)

westlake (615356) | more than 2 years ago | (#36577920)

Collectively, twitter is faster and more accurate than news outlets.

Where do you do think these twits get their news?

Remember the other twitter? (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#36577958)

twitter is faster and more accurate than news outlets

Where do you do think these twits get their news?

Probably from WestBake [slashdot.org] .

Re:I use twitter for ALL breaking news (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 2 years ago | (#36583396)

Collectively, twitter is faster and more accurate than news outlets.

Maybe faster for some eye witness reports, but can you trust the eye witness?

Control-happy franchises... (1)

Announcer (816755) | more than 2 years ago | (#36577766)

As far as I know, every major sporting event has a disclaimer with words to the effect, "Accounts and descriptions of this game cannot be disseminated with the express written consent of (insert team name here)"

So, that means they already severely frown upon it. However, unless and until they:

1) prohibit or confiscate all smartphones at the gate
2) install cell signal jammers at venues ...it will be impossible to stop people from tweeting/texting about key plays in the games.

Re:Control-happy franchises... (1)

Announcer (816755) | more than 2 years ago | (#36577774)

Correction: That should read, "WITHOUT the express written consent..."

I need better glasses! ;)

Re:Control-happy franchises... (1)

artor3 (1344997) | more than 2 years ago | (#36579630)

It's not like you need to be at an event to report on it. They would need to confiscate phones from everyone who owns a TV or radio. Not to mention a lot of news sites now have play-by-play reporting updated every fifteen seconds or so.

ban phones from game venues? (1)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 2 years ago | (#36577782)

that's the only possible way. and eh, it just wouldn't work, the locker for them would suck, be hugely expensive operation to run and would generally just annoy people, not to mention those people who could come if they remained accessible via phone while at the match.

I wonder... (1)

errandum (2014454) | more than 2 years ago | (#36577942)

If it would be possible to teach a neural network or something like it to get tweets it recognized as sports commentary and generating an automated live stream (as long as you had the event tag you could subscribe).

Reagan the Liar? (1)

jmac_the_man (1612215) | more than 2 years ago | (#36577950)

Timothy, back in the day, everyone in the in the industry did broadcasts by ticker tape for away games. Reagan didn't invent the idea. (Back then, it was considered too expensive to send the radio crew to the away games.) The audience knew what was going on, just like they know that professional wrestling is fixed. It wasn't a Reagan thing, but thanks for implying that he was a liar.

Re:Reagan the Liar? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36578088)

There's no implying required. Are you implying he wasn't a liar? 'Cause last time I checked, he wasn't that rare bird, the honest politician. That guy lied his ass off throughout his political career. Thanks for playing Venerate Saint Reagan, though!

Re:Reagan the Liar? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36578094)

It's par for the course around here. The Slashdot "editors" and I use that term in the lightest sense, are the most left leaning morons on the face of the Earth. They will stoop to enormous lows just to take shots at anyone they think is conservative or remotely leans that way. they will inject Palin, Reagen, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh every chance they possibly can, regardless of the relevancy. This place has been going down the shitter for the years, this post is an example of why Slashdot is a laughing stock now, up there with 4chan, Reddit and Digg.

Re:Reagan the Liar? (1)

Politburo (640618) | more than 2 years ago | (#36584762)

I'm struggling to find anything in the writeup that implies Reagan invented the practice or that he was a liar.

Re:Reagan the Liar? (1)

jmac_the_man (1612215) | more than 2 years ago | (#36587676)

Timothy could have called it the "old time practice" of calling games via ticker tape or something. He also calls it "Ronald Reagan's exploits" (Exploits are usually bad, right? Especially on slashdot, where they tend to mean someone can break into your system) and puts "live" in scare quotes. (Reagan, like everyone else who did this, WAS doing a live broadcast. It wasn't taped or anything. He just wasn't physically present at the ballpark.)

This was a poor editorial job, but hey, what are Slashdot editors for?

World Cup 2010 got me using twitter regularly (1)

IANAAC (692242) | more than 2 years ago | (#36578198)

The World Cup in South Africa is what actually got me using twitter on a regular basis. I didn't have a particularly fast internet connection at the time, so that was as close to realtime as I could get.

I've since been using it for all sorts of other stuff - news, personal interests.

For as much flack as twitter gets, I find it a hell of a lot more useful than any other "social" tool.

Re:World Cup 2010 got me using twitter regularly (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 2 years ago | (#36584204)

the World Cup in South Africa is what actually got me using twitter on a regular basis.

I suppose it depends where you live, but in the Uk you could read a live commentary on the BBC website of the World Cup, same as you can every Saturday for league matches. I'd be surprised if something like the World Cup was a tiny minority interest in many countries.

Now, admittedly, if you had to know how your local Sunday pub team were doing you won't find hat on even a localnews website in live form, but that raises the question of why it's so important to know everything immediately. Fair enough, if your kid was playing and you had to go to work (or something) but for personal stuff like that you'd just get a friend to call/twxt you with updates of how many goals little Dave had scored.

I'm a geek damnit. (1)

Lord Kano (13027) | more than 2 years ago | (#36578302)

I really don't care about sports reporting.

Just because you add "with technology" to something, doesn't change the fact that the base subject is boring.

Watch this...

"Will Twitter change the world of realtime gaysex?"

See? If you're not interested in gaysex, adding technology doesn't make the subject more interesting.

LK

Re:I'm a geek damnit. (1)

artor3 (1344997) | more than 2 years ago | (#36579658)

Look, I know TV sitcoms told you growing up that smart people and athletic people are mutually exclusive groups that must always hate each other. But it's a lie. It is entirely possible to be smart and enjoy sports. In fact, with the more strategic sports (football and baseball, for example) you need to be smart to really understand what's going on. You aren't really burnishing your geek cred by suggesting that all sports are boring. You're just making yourself seem close-minded.

Re:I'm a geek damnit. (1)

Lord Kano (13027) | more than 2 years ago | (#36579758)

I have to disagree with your assertion that Football is a strategic sport.

LK

Re:I'm a geek damnit. (1)

artor3 (1344997) | more than 2 years ago | (#36579794)

I'm referring to American football. It's probably the most strategic sport there is, as should be clear to anyone who really understands it. Association football (aka soccer) may be another story, I honestly know next to nothing about it.

Re:I'm a geek damnit. (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 2 years ago | (#36584270)

I suspect you have to be from North America to appreciate American football. To someone fom the Uk it's just rugby without the excitement or occasional moments of beauty.

And baseball is just rounders for nerds.

Re:I'm a geek damnit. (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 2 years ago | (#36584242)

I really don't care about sports reporting.

Just because you add "with technology" to something, doesn't change the fact that the base subject is boring.

Watch this...

"Will Twitter change the world of realtime gaysex?"

See? If you're not interested in gaysex, adding technology doesn't make the subject more interesting.

LK

So there are no sports geeks? I think the sort of people who travel thousands of miles to support their teams, and collect every programme would disagree.

I am following a soccer related riot via Twitter (1)

stm2 (141831) | more than 2 years ago | (#36578332)

I am watching on TV and following on Twitter how River Plat Club loose premier league status. There are multiple fires at the stadium, general looting, and Twitter is adding a new dimension to this mess.

Re:I am following a soccer related riot via Twitte (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 2 years ago | (#36584324)

I am watching on TV and following on Twitter how River Plat Club loose premier league status. There are multiple fires at the stadium, general looting, and Twitter is adding a new dimension to this mess.

What is it adding that you don't get from TV though? Not great pictures or incisive social commentary, I imagine. Then again, it depends how good your TV stations are in Argentina..

Not exactly a sport, but... (1)

Tirs (195467) | more than 2 years ago | (#36578750)

Well, we are using Twitter to broadcast our Castellers performances, and we know the local and specialised media follow us to get the latest achievements (or failures) as soon as they occur.

If you don't know what I'm talking about, better than explaining in a lot of words I recommend you this video from UNESCO channel in Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iSHfrmGdyo [youtube.com]

Each group has a "twitter manager" responsible to twit a castle as soon as we finish it, one way or the other (and, just in case someone asks: no, we don't twit them from up there: we need both hands and all the concentration for the castle!)

The reason I have an account. (2)

itchythebear (2198688) | more than 2 years ago | (#36578754)

I'm not sure how other sports work, but I think each hockey team in the NHL has an official twitter account. So I follow the one for my favorite team. This is actually a pretty big help because I can get info (like injury updates) that I wouldn't normally get while at the game, as well as various info about the team while I'm not at the game.

Er.. Ever heard of Cricinfo.com (1)

jim_kaiser (1696460) | more than 2 years ago | (#36581362)

Its a legit website, which has been giving live written commentary of cricket matches for years for free. In India, while you are at work, it's the best way to get updates. I don't see why live sports reporting should be a problem. You have a working and highly popular example right in front of you.. There are also services on cellular networks which provide live scores for around half a dollar a month.

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