2017-04-17 15:55:04 UTC
No matter what the play, sports announcers are johnny-on-the-spot with the
number of times the left defensive racket has rolled the discus over the
mid-field trapazoid in the fifth interval during a home game, sliced and diced
by season, coach, and team caterer.
I assume they use software for this now. Does every network use their own ad
hoc programs, written and tailored for each sport? Are there commercial
packages that do this? Do they subscribe to a service that tracks sports
statistics, or do different organizations collect their own data? How much of
the data and reporting software is available to the public at large?
I'm not a sports fan. I know that, particularly in baseball, the "stats" and
knowing them are an important part of fandom for many, and obviously sports
commentators are going to be particularly enthusiastic about the sport they
cover. But they just can't know *all* those facts that they work into the
running commentary during sporting events. I'm curious about the process and
the software used.