Yogi Berra once said, “I don’t make predictions, especially about the future.” In this lecture, we will do the opposite and ask: “What might sports look like a few decades from now?” Will virtual reality and “smart stadiums” put you on the field of play? Will the gender divide be eliminated from our athletic competitions? Are you ready for no more nations at the Olympic Games? Bionic athletes? Does a New York Knicks v. Xinjiang Flying Tigers matchup for the World Basketball Title pique your interest? As we survey the potential sports landscape, one thing will be made clear—in many ways, the future is already here.
- Is the male-female divide in sports outdated and unethical?
- Should performance-enhancing drugs be readily available in sports? And if not, why not?
- Will the new NIL (name, image, and likeness) rules in the NCAA make American college sports even more popular?
- Do you have predictions for what sports will look like decades from now?