Future of Sport

I know that many of you are far from sport, however I participated in very excited conversations about the future of sport.

The starting point for the conversation was Conference
that will be held Stanford University. Where different smart people will talk about the future of sports.

It would be great to have Time Machine and travel to the future and see how different sport disciplines will be changed, which will disappear due to small popularity, which will be transformed by television to meet their needs.

The time is coming to change something, for example if we will take Olympic games, as even today Olympic game medal and win are priceless. But during last years, Olympic games popularity is fallen, especially among young people (14 – 18 years). As after 10 years, range could change from 14 to 28 years and so on. So what do they need ? I can guess that one thing is SHOW, so it will be hard way to find balance between conservatives sport disciplines (today) and show (tomorrow).

As well some other organizations like IAAF (International Associations of Athletic Federation) has plans to add more dynamism to different disciplines, for example something like playoff system for 10 000M distance running event, the last man is out for each lap (something like this).

So, it will be interesting to see evolution, probably computer games will take domination in sports of 2030, it could be that all disciplines will be joined and men and women will compete together, probably 100M distance running event will be substituted to steeplechase with M14 shooting, who knows…


8 responses to this post.

  1. or people will become divided in two parts – degenerates, and superathletes.


  2. read Time machine by H.G. Wells – good read, gives some insights 🙂


  3. Wells isn’t the most appropriate example as his vision of this possible future relied completely in social factors. Perhaps the best sci-fi I’ve read concerning sports is this novel by Robert Asprin: http://www.amazon.com/Myth-Directions-Robert-Asprin/dp/0441555292
    Of course, he is a writer of a completely different caliber than Wells but his humour is quite good (especially if you don’t unlike me try to read the entire “Myth” series which does get rather dull over time).


  4. Posted by Sergejs on March 18, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Yes, exactly computer games sportsmen and superathletes who will participate in Olympic games (where all doping will be allowed).

    Thank you for the suggestions about books.


  5. offtopic: football going plans for this week cancelled 😦
    the Skonto match has been relocated to Mežaparks and the starting time set as 16:00, that’s way too far and way too early. Of course, theoretically remains the possibility to go today to see Riga – Ekranas, but it’s also in a different stadium – in the Arkadijas sporta nams stadium near Torņakalns. I wonder why those jerks wrote previously different times and different stadiums


  6. Posted by Sergejs on March 18, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Sudava, jeb sudigi. This is Baltic league organization.
    Then we could go to Latvian league or/and wait for september and attend Latvia – Greece,


  7. Latvia – Greece certainly is in my plans. Yes, Baltic league is a bit too crappy.
    As far the Latvian league goes – as I’ve never been to a Virsliga match it would be worth going to one, so I’d have at least some sort of idea of how bad the level is there 🙂
    The calender suggests that the first match at least theoretically worth seeing in the Latvian league would be this one:
    19.aprīlis (sestdiena) 18:00 Skonto FC – FC Daugava


  8. Posted by Sergejs on March 18, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Ok, we will try this one, if they will relocate it to Ulbroka stadium, we can still go, as game is on saturday.

    I attended plenty of matches in Daugavpils, when Dinaburg played with different teams (almost all Virsliga teams) at 2000-2002. Well, the question is what we should compare. Teams, budged, supporters, government interest, other factors that are resulting for quality level.
    I can compare to German bundesliga, one that I attended. The answer is clear, but there are a lot of factors, why is so.


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