Are holograms set to revolutionise sport?

Without question, the final weekend of Coachella will be remembered for Tupac’s computer-generated resurrection. But while this event not only made those in attendance think they were using the best hallucinogens ever made, it also marked a tipping point for all forms of entertainment.

After most Americans changed their shorts from climaxing at the sight of a life-like hologram interacting on stage with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, a few realizations set in.  First of all, it can almost be guaranteed that the Super Bowl’s half-time show will be even more gaudy and obnoxious now that life-like holograms exist.

Also, going forth, the likes of Dave Matthews Band, U2, Coldplay, Red Hot Chili Peppers – and any other mega band that can afford to spend multi-millions on the technology – will be able to perform multiple shows in multiple locations on the same night.  I’ll give you a minute to let that sink in.  Just imagine the number of 17 year-olds that will be able to pay $75 for a field seat and lose their virginity to CGI Dave Matthews in Seattle… all the while, the real Dave Matthews is actually facilitating the theft of a whole other group of 17-year-olds’ V-Cards in Madrid.

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Though the impact of hologram technology on the entertainment world will be monumental, its use in the sports arena could be even greater.  For instance, such technology would do wonders for the NFL’s head trauma issues.  If both teams were holograms, it is fair to say that the bodily harm attributed with playing professional football would decrease exponentially.  That said, the league would never go for it as the NFL is facing a interesting catch-22: the same issue that is literally killing its players is exactly why the sport is so overwhelmingly popular.  However, I digress…

There is a higher calling for the same hologram technology that brought Tupac back to life.  Both the NBA and NFL now have the opportunity to bring to life the video games that dominated my youth – NBA Jam and NFL Blitz.  In the mid to late ‘90s, MTV came as close as possible to making this dream a reality with its Rock ‘N Jock events.  However, now that technology has freed us from the restraints and limitations of the human body, these wet dreams can become reality.

NBA Jam, where the Nets can actually appear competitive

Two-on-two basketball and seven-on-seven football with the bone-crushing hits, earth-shattering dunks and once-in-a-lifetime matchups that previously were restricted to the worlds of Nintendo 64, Playstation and Xbox are now possible.  Technology has created a world where HE’S ON FIRE is more than just a fond memory of my childhood.  No longer do I have to watch a 25-year-old tape of Lawrence Taylor snapping Joe Theisman’s leg in half.  Previous to Tupac’s appearance at Coachella, the laws of physics prevented someone from taking off from mid-court and shattering the backboard while doing a 1080 dunk.

Tupac’s virtual renaissance is just the start of what will be an entirely new dimension of entertainment.

By R.J. Karas  

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