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November 19, 2014 AT 11:00 am

Arms Race over Wearables in Pro Sports #WearableWednesday

There’s a Wearables Arms Race in Professional Sports on Motherboard/Vice:

Every year, pro leagues see huge cash deals given to athletes who subsequently don’t perform—just take a look at NFL and NBA failures like Jamarcus Russell and Greg Oden. But can teams make better picks by strapping high-end performance trackers onto young athletes?

Wearable technology companies are aiming to reduce or eliminate those types of mistakes by introducing another layer of actionable data into sports analysis. Increasingly, pro teams are looking at data from wearable devices—instead of just the old eyes of scouts—to figure out which talent is right to bet on.


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