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Emerging technologies and sports events: Innovative information and communication solutions

Lidija T. Petrović (ALFA University, Belgrade, Serbia)
Dragorad Milovanović (Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia AND School for Football Coaching and Management, Belgrade, Serbia)
Michel Desbordes (Université Paris-Sud XI, Orsay, France)

Sport, Business and Management

ISSN: 2042-678X

Article publication date: 11 May 2015




The purpose of this paper is to review the development and potential applications of emerging information and communication technologies (ICTs) in sports. The case studies are presented in details: computer system for tracking and visualisation in TV broadcasting and players/teams performance analysis in football. The paper concludes with the authors’ opinion that future implementation of digital technologies, in the first instance, goal-line technologies, to support accurate, practical and reliable decision making in sports is highly needed and represent a basis for further increase in the commercial value of the pre-eminent global sport.


The research utilised an exploratory approach to data gathering due to the fact that the topic is new and data are difficult to collect. The topic is analysed using case study method.


The research found that there is an emerging market to extend the reach of digital technologies adapted for sports industry and sports events. Increasingly, developers are exploring and exploiting the vast potential of the ICTs to create value in the field of sports events. The development of emerging technologies create new opportunities that sports industry demands a growing range of innovative solutions for the purposes of decision making to be tested and accepted in the near future.

Research limitations/implications

The research is based on data limitations related to the innovative ICT solutions, the rules of the game which significantly limit the scope for product innovation and a need to make a decision on application of an adequate solution within a short time period. In order to develop the extensive research results in the future, more information will be available after the termination of ongoing testing procedure.

Practical implications

It is evident that digital video processing has found many applications in sports content analysis and TV broadcasting of competitive sports. The governing bodies should be aware of their role to support successful innovation which requires the coordinated action of all the actors who play vastly different roles in its commercialisation process.


The paper emphasises how much technology has added to communication and economic potential of sports events, underlying that issue of video technology application to ease decision making in football is currently one of the most pressing matters due to constant arrival of new cases concerning “incorrect” decisions that add fuel to the controversy. The football authorities have finally recognised that the game has to be responsive to the concerns and suggestions of its customers.



Petrović, L.T., Milovanović, D. and Desbordes, M. (2015), "Emerging technologies and sports events: Innovative information and communication solutions", Sport, Business and Management, Vol. 5 No. 2, pp. 175-190.



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