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Play-By-Play

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posted on 2023-06-07, 02:10 authored by Stefan GreuterStefan Greuter, Simon Wilmot, Matthew McDonough
Play-By-Play

History

Location

Deakin University Waurn Ponds Campus

Start date

2022-03-17

End date

2022-03-27

Language

English

Notes

6,343 people attended Geelong Design Week 2022. Because the Night Interactive Archive was exhibited at Deakin University's NYAAL Precinct as part of a Deakin Motion Lab showcase.

Research statement

Background Sports commentary, originating in the early 20th century, has evolved from basic event descriptions to storytelling and audience engagement across radio, television, and digital platforms. Sports commentary requires versatile commentators, skilled in sports knowledge, adaptability, and technology usage for real-time analysis. As the sports broadcasting industry continues to grow there is a shift towards interactivity and inclusivity with a view to enriching fan experiences. However, there is a lack of systematic training for commentators and particularly play-by-play commentary remains a barrier hindering diversity and perpetuating an outdated paradigm. Contribution The research explored how technology can place participants in the high-stakes live broadcast studio environment aiming to develop quick thinking skills, effective communication, and linguistic agility. Play-by-Play is an immersive sports commentary simulator that captured the intricacy and dynamism of sports commentary by providing access to multiple sports scenarios across various difficulty levels through a gamified platform. Participants, broadcasting from a soundproof booth using screen-based information and a microphone, share their commentary with an audience through a large-scale screen, followed by an online post-experience review. Significance Play-by-Play, with its potential impact on sports broadcasting, education, and digital media. This initiative highlights the importance of innovative training methods for aspiring sports commentators. The system informs future interactive platforms and broadcasting techniques while facilitating a pathway for underrepresented groups into sports commentary. Selected for Geelong Design Week 2022, featured on International Women’s Day 2023, and becoming a permanent fixture in Geelong Sports Museum in 2024, Play-by-Play offers a unique approach to engaging and educating sports enthusiasts and aspiring commentators.

Extent

Sports commentary simulator consisting of four tutorial clips with iconic sports commentators including Dennis Cometti, Bruce McAvaney and Brian Taylor. Thirty-nine sports clips of approximately 74-minute duration across seven sports. Accessible post-experience video via QR code printed on PVC card for review and social media sharing.

Event

Geelong Design Week. Exhibition (2022 : Geelong, Victoria)

Publisher

Geelong Design Week

Place of publication

Geelong, Vic.

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