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Sport-decision aids and the 'CSI-effect': why cricket uses Hawk-Eye well and tennis uses it badly

Collins, Harold Maurice ORCID: and Evans, Robert John ORCID: 2012. Sport-decision aids and the 'CSI-effect': why cricket uses Hawk-Eye well and tennis uses it badly. Public Understanding of Science 21 (8) , pp. 904-921. 10.1177/0963662511407991

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Technologies of visualisation and measurement are changing the relationship between spectators and match officials at sporting events. Umpires and referees find themselves under increasing scrutiny and sports governing bodies are experimenting with new technologies and additional “off-field” officials in order to preserve the legitimacy of decision-making. In this paper, we examine how technologies are being used in a number of sports, paying particular attention to the way in which uncertainty and indeterminacy are conveyed to viewers and spectators. The contrast between cricket and tennis is particularly instructive in this respect as the same technology is used in two very different ways. The paper concludes with a series of recommendations for implementing sports measurement technologies whilst preserving the traditions of individual sports and enriching technological culture.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Centre for the Study of Knowledge Expertise and Science (KES)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: innovation; interaction experts/publics; media and science; popularisation of science; public understanding of science; representations of science; studies of science and technology
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0963-6625
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 08:49

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