Glasgow Warriors and Scotland player, Mike Blair, is to be the first professional rugby player to wear a mic whilst playing in a match for the Warriors upcoming PRO12 match against Leinster.
The players eye view of the match will be available for those watching the coverage live on Sky Sports. Guinness PRO12 managing director, Martin Anayi, claimed: “This innovative coverage will bring viewers closer to the action by being given direct insight into how players communicate on the field.”
Gus Williamson, head of rugby union at Sky Sports had this to add: “We are always looking for new ways to give our viewers the best rugby experience possible and we’re all extremely excited about what Player Mic will offer.
“As a broadcaster our job is to entertain and educate and with this technology we can now take fans right into the heart of the game as we get up close and personal with the players, and listen in on what happens out on the field.”
Fans being closer to the action and getting an insight into what is happening on the field can only be a positive thing. Let’s hope we see this innovation across more sports as well.