Sport's networkiest moments

The intersection of sports and network technology

The networkiest moments in sports

Here's our ranking of the top events where sports and networking intersect. Take a look and then let us know what YOU think !

#15 Olympic-sized convergence

Nortel and Bell Canada were chosen to construct an all-IP converged voice, data and video network for the 2010 Vancouver games.

#14 Pro athlete blogs

Kobe Bryant does it in 2006, Curt Schilling does it in 2007; blogging catches on in all four major sports.

#13 NFL helmet radios

In 1994, the NFL instituted the use of a radio helmet to allow for limited communication from the sidelines to the quarterback on the field. While it might seem that such a technological advancement was a first, the idea was actually nearly 40 years old.

According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame : "In 1955. G.E. Morgan (a consultant to Riddell, and Paul Brown the coach of the Cleveland Browns) invented the BT-5 face mask which is the single bar design. The year after the BT-5 a single wave radio was installed in a player's helmet so the coach could give the play to the quarterback over a radio frequency. It only resulted in game-time interference but the experiment was ahead of it's time."

#12 RFID at the Boston Marathon

Runners in the 2004 Boston Marathon wore ChampionChips, RFID-enabled tokens that time the runners at various points throughout the race. Read the full story .

#11 Peyton Manning plugging Sprint

He may not be the first athlete to endorse a carrier, but viewers can't escape the slew of Sprint ads in 2006-2007 featuring the Super Bowl-winning quarterback.

Peyton Manning Sprint Commercial

#10 Instant replay in your hand

Vivid Sky shows off SkyBOX at DEMO 2006, a system that lets fans access instant replays and other content on demand from their handheld.

#9 NAS-CAT 3

In 2004, NASCAR uses a sophisticated mix of telemetry, GPS, data positioning systems, radio frequencies, base stations, LAN switches, DSL and Category 3 cabling to present graphical statistics on the race cars. Read the full story .

#8 WiFi at 200 MPH

Wi-Fi was used to gather real-time data from cars at the Indy 500 in 2005.

#7 Cellphone tossing

An annual competition in Scandinavia, the first of which was held in Finland in 1999. Read the full story .

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#6 Paul Allen

The billionaire co-founder of Microsoft bought the NBA's Portland TrailBlazers in 1988 and the NFL's Seattle Seahawks in 1997. He would be followed by entrepreneur Mark Cuban (NBA's Dallas Mavericks) and CA's Charles Wang (NHL's New York Islanders).

#5 The first down line

It takes eight computers connected to television cameras to superimpose the yellow first down line on football games, which first appeared in 1998.

#4 Buy that man a TelePresence system

In 2007, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was exposed as a cheater by videotaping the signals of NFL opponents.

#3 First stadium to carry a telecom name?

In 1999, PSInet Stadium in Baltimore may have been the forerunner of the tech stadium name trend. Soon to follow were Pac Bell Park, Network Associates Field, 3Com Park and US Cellular Field. Cisco Field might be next in 2011.

#2 Hall of Fame receiver heads CTIA

Seattle Seahawks' Steve Largent becomes president of wireless trade association in 2003. Read the full story .

#1 Joe Horn makes a call from the end zone

Saints receiver dials a cellphone to celebrate a touchdown in 2003.

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