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5 Things Sports Fans Can Look Forward to in 2017 5

Posted on January 12, 2017 by Dixie Somers

5 Things Sports Fans Can Look Forward to in 2017Technology has changed many of the aspects of being a sports fan in a positive way. It is now easier than ever to watch every part of every game, as many times as you wish. Here are five things to look forward to in 2017 as sports and technology team up to enhance the fan experience.

1. Fan Communication

Got a great question for your favorite athlete? Twitter has made it even more likely that you might get an answer. More and more athletes are responding directly to fans. Expect this to be even more the case under the tutelage of our tweet-happy new president.

2. Green Stadiums

While some metro areas worry about the infrastructure cost of a stadium, MetLife Stadium has been making some money-saving green upgrades. Much of the building was constructed of recycled metals and plastics, and the catwalk is topped with enough solar panels to light their LED light screen 25 times over.

3. Be the Ref

The San Francisco 49ers offer an app that allows you to access every play from Levi Field from every filmed angle, as soon as it happens. This lets you make the call on an out-of-bounds foot or a missed facemask. Even if you’re not at the game, a good eye and an active social media account can help you to get the attention of sportscasters and team officials. You might not change the course of the game, but you could change the post-game conversation. Read the rest of this entry →

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