Rarely, we see a creation that ends up forming a transformative impact on so many spheres. It’s a tremendous achievement mainly due to the level of diversification we have clocked over the course of our history. Every sector has different dynamics in play; hence there are always contrasting needs to cater. However, this mammoth task was made to look easy when digital realm spurred to life and literally changed the way we looked at certain things. All of a sudden, it felt like we had a product of some sorcery on our hands as there were no limits in sight for what all it could do. Slowly, once it had proved its reliability, technology started to venture into different sectors. With some sheer excellence, it managed to become an integral part of wherever it went. After all, no one wanted to miss out on this generational tool that could very well load the table with the things it had to offer.
One such place it went to was the world of sports. Sports had long suffered due to its inability to find a way of organizing the huge influx of team and player stats. Hence, when given a chance to add value to their product through advanced technology, sports’ leagues around the world didn’t waste time in getting on the tech hype train. This step helped in bringing sports and fans closer, which of course, unlocked better financial prospects for the leagues.
The amalgamation of technology and sports has been positive in many ways, and what NFL is doing right now adds another feather into the cap of this partnership. National Football League is setting the tone for future by using their association with Amazon Web Services to define a new era. Using Amazon’s predictive analytics and cloud computing, NFL busted out different scheduling scenarios with a view to develop a scheduling plan that sorts out elements of fairness, travel constraints and venue availability. The process also takes care of broadcast slotting questions. Different matchups offer different return value, hence deciding whether a matchup should take place on a Sunday afternoon, Monday or Thursday nights becomes pertinent. The system is also made to consider league’s single-header protection rule, which essentially prohibits a broadcasting network from airing a game in a market where home team is playing on the other network at that particular time.