After the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Hockey League (NHL) is going to be the second major American professional sports league to start using wearable technology.
The league has formed a partnership with the German company Jogmo World Corporation to install microchips inside the game pucks and on the player jerseys of each player. Beginning with the following season, antennae that have been thoughtfully placed throughout the playing area will collect real-time data. It is anticipated that the technology will be utilized in each of the NHL’s 31 arenas in order to cover all 1,271 regular-season and postseason games.
The commissioner of the National Hockey League, Gary Bettman, said, “Being on the cutting edge of new ideas is good for our game and, most of all, for our fans.”
“Hockey is a great sport to see on the ice because of its speed and complexity, but at the same time, it also poses an incredible challenge.” As a result, the league as a whole has made enormous investments in the development of new technology, which literally did not exist before.
The players have given their OK for the tracking, and the NHL is planning to implement the technology starting with the upcoming season. The league is now testing the technology, and depending on what the players, teams, and broadcasters say, they may come up with more changes.
“This will continue to evolve, be monitored, tested, and perfected throughout the duration of the rest of this season and parts of next season,” said NHL chief revenue officer Keith Wachtel. “This will also be tested and perfected over the course of the remainder of this season.”
But this is our opportunity to say that we are far enough along where the commissioner is comfortable with the data, our broadcasters are comfortable, and the NHLPA is comfortable that we can go ahead and unleash this, which we are obviously excited about. But this is our opportunity to say that we are far enough along where the broadcasters are comfortable with the data.”
During the All-Star Weekend, attendees were given a sneak peek. Thanks to NBC, who showed the numbers during its digital-only broadcast of the 3-on-3 competition the week before, fans and broadcasters were able to benefit from careful monitoring data.