Sports Use Database Technology

by Binliang
In American sports is the most poplar entertainment for everyone. When I watch NBA and NFL game they mention that how technology help the coach to make decided for the match line up. So I want to know how much did technology help them, I decide to do this research on how sports using database technology to keep track the players and teams statistics to help the team get more wins, and how they use Global Positioning system track player data to improve the player’s strength.

As you can see a lot of computer monitors on the courtside or filed side if you wonder what is those computer they’re for? I can tell you that they are collecting data during the game for the players. See how did they performance in the game. After data reports come out the coach need to go throw following five steps, observation, analysis, evaluation, feedback and planning. After that coach need to decide if there is anyways for them to do better or any improvement from the next game. The technological advances and declining costs have given coaches access to computer, and digital cameras and analysis software. For example “if two football strikers have each scored four goals over four games, it would be easy to assume that both are performing well. However, if striker A has had 16 shots on goal to striker B’s eight shots, the former’s success ration is 4:1 compared with a much more impressive ration of 2:1 for the latter. Comparing performances between teams, team members and within individuals often easier and more accurate if the performance indicators are expressed in terms of ratios such as possession to turnovers winners to errors and passes taken to passes completed.” As you can how the database help out the team for deciding making for the plays during the game.

All 32 NFL team are using GPS technology to tracking players improving their strength and prevent injury. What they did put a small GPS device on the players back this allow the GPS tracking data energy used during practice and see if they can push their body to the limited. They also this method to working on players come back from injury for example “ if a player trying to return from injury did about 50 percent of a practice workload, catapult can track at what intensity it was done.  Example two If a player can accelerate 60 percent faster to his left than his right after a recent right knee injury, the data indicate that he’s [probably not ready for the practice and game day.“ Newcomb(2013, Aug 28)

They did not stop there, they are taking a step forward now they are using database statistics to track NBA players which quarter did they score the most in the game and did the player play better on away game or home game etc. the most impress idea the NBA IT create a database, used statistics that measure the distance cover and the average speed of the all movements (sprinting, jogging, standing, walking, backwards and forwards) by a player while on the court and catch and shoot database this is tracking players any jump shot outside of the 10 feet where a player possessed the ball for seconds or less and took no dribbles.

The programmers who program this use open Data Schema to create this database for all sport statistics, Data schema is it structure described in a formal language support by the database management system and refer to the organization of data as a blueprint of how a database is constructed.

At the end of the research I found out why database technology is so useful in sports, this make the coaches job much easier to make deciding during the practice and game. Their a benefit for fans too, they can keep tracking their favorite player stats though out their favorite player career.












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12 thoughts on “Sports Use Database Technology

  • February 21, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Your blog is different compared to other topics because it focuses on the impact of database on entertainment. I’ve watched sports but never focused on the fact that the companies were actually collecting data to strengthen their teams, but now I do.

  • February 22, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    The technicalities of using technology to track sport injuries is fascinating. I think data is useful to a certain extent in predicting or visualizing if it is safe for the player to play again, but sometimes it is up to the player’s determination and will to win as well, even at the cost of making the injury worse.

  • March 6, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    As a person who loves NBA and basketball, the topic of sports technology was an interesting read. For NBA, I believe statistics and advanced statistics can provide great insight to a player’s production. However, not every player can be Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, or Kevin Durant who can produce all across the scoreboard. There are role players to take in consideration, and these statistics and advance stats may not do them justice. Derek Fisher is a prime example, he may go 0-6 from 3pt then knocks down the most important 3pt in the game. Also, his ability to take charges and play defense are not notable in the statistics, but nonetheless, they are game changing plays.

    I definitely see technology as a useful resource for coaches and management to use for decision making, but I am still a firm believer of the “eye test”. Witnessing first hand on the impact of certain players, and based them on their impact proportional to their role.

  • March 6, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Interesting topic since I never really thought about the use of databases in sports but since databases are everywhere nowadays it makes sense. It is cool how they use GPS to track the football player’s performance and see where they need to improve or if they are able to return to the field after some type of injury based on their performance statistic. Now when I watch a basketball or football game I will definitely take notice of how much tracking and statistical research goes into the performance of these athletes.

  • March 6, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    I did not know what they used until i read your article about the sports using the data during the game. Doesnt someone have to still input that data? i dont know how the computer can be smart enough to track everything. I also think basketball would be one of the bigger games here in america. So when the announcers are talking about players stats they have all those monitors telling them interesting facts about players? Thats amazing how they program those things to produce those kinds of results for them at the click of a mouse.

  • March 11, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Your article and presentation had me interested immediately when you mentioned sports and databases. It made me realize that all of those statistics had to kept somewhere. It kind of blew my mind how much data is used for just one sport. Great presentation.

  • March 17, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    I absolutely love this topic and find it extremely interesting. As a MMA follower and fan, I always go to the fight metrics to see if judges’ decisions for fights that end in decision are accurate. Fight metrics is basically a database that records and stores and then calculate percentages for all the strikes and takedowns landed during a fight, submission attempts, takedown and strike defense, and many more stats. Fight metrics then calculates all these stats to give an overall statistic for the best fighters within different organizations.

  • March 18, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Interesting presentation as I am a sports advocate. Statistics being a large part of professional sports, it only seems reasonable that databases would take all that statistical data and query results for such things as performance. Interesting how databases are even effecting our sports now days.

  • March 18, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Once again I feel like life is becoming more and more like a Sci Fi movie. It sounds a bit crazy that GPS devices are being put on players in order to track and to monitor energy used and then to go even further and to use this information to do things such as monitor injuries and to tell whether or not they are improving. While I, myself am not particularly interested in sports, this article has made me wonder what other areas of entertainment database technology such as this could influence and affect.

  • March 19, 2014 at 2:25 am

    Interesting and fun article to read. I can imagine how a database schema to represent the NBA Playoff brackets would look like. I can see one can model this data with a table, many tables, attributes, PKs, and FKs in a variety of ways. Maybe one would need a way to model both what seed and place each team is in, along with each game and the outcome of each series. Next time I watch this years NBA playoffs I’ll keep that in mind.

  • March 20, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    The topic was very fun to me. I saw the moive “Money ball” The money ball can use statistic to their team.When i watched sport game, i can see some interesting stats the data comes from database. The database can make to me focus on the game. However, some people can use the data from the database use to gamling.

  • March 20, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    I guess it’s safe to say that just about everything these days uses database, especially the one thing I thought that would be untainted by technology, sports. The way they utilize database technology is very creative, like the example given where if a football player was not running at a certain percentage in a certain direction, he would not be ready for game day. The amount of uses there are for databases are limitless.

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