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NBA to use high-tech cameras in arenas

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11:14 AM ET 08.24 | The NBA and an outside tech consultant have reached an agreement to install fancy data-tracking cameras in all 29 league arenas before the start of next season, according to several sources familiar with the matter. The deal is expected to be announced as early as next week. Exactly half the league's teams used the STATS LLC SportVU cameras last season after a trend-setting half-dozen had them installed for the 2011-12 season -- or even earlier. The cameras record every movement on the court -- of players, officials, and the ball -- several times per second, so that subscribing teams have been able to track the positioning of players in new ways. In a Grantland exclusive in March, the Toronto Raptors showed how they have used the data to (among many other things) build computerized "ghost defenders" that reacted in optimal ways to every offensive action. The team could then overlay camera recordings of actual game play to see how closely Toronto's real players mirrored the actions of their ghosts.

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August 24, 2013  11:28 AM ET

A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words, Bros.

August 24, 2013  11:40 AM ET
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Basketball and Football are adopting technology to ensure accuracy and improvement in the game.When will Baseball start getting it?

Baseball is content with being a 19th century game. Don't get me wrong, I love the sport, but it evolves at a geezer's pace.

August 24, 2013  11:48 AM ET
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Basketball and Football are adopting technology to ensure accuracy and improvement in the game.When will Baseball start getting it?

Baseball loves human errors. They don't want the game to be officiated 100% correct.

August 24, 2013  11:59 AM ET
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Basketball and Football are adopting technology to ensure accuracy and improvement in the game.

When will Baseball start getting it?

When it becomes a sport?

August 24, 2013  01:14 PM ET

They might as well. There are cameras everywhere nowadays anyway.

August 24, 2013  05:37 PM ET
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They might as well. There are cameras everywhere nowadays anyway.

True. They say the average person is caught on camera about 75 times a day.

August 24, 2013  06:52 PM ET

Thanks for telling us terrorist about the cameras!!!

August 24, 2013  06:57 PM ET
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Thanks for telling us terrorist about the cameras!!!

Dont you know we all know the restrooms dont have cameras? How come it feels like somebodys watching me?

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August 25, 2013  10:18 AM ET
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This article further proves the effect of Silicon Valley in every field of life - business, healthcare, entertainment, and now sports. Technology tries to improve every area of life.

All of these 'advancements' are predicated on the availability of electricity. Did someone in silicone valley invent that?

If the world goes 'dark' post Armageddon how will these geniuses save us? That's right they can't.....

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