Feature Article - July 2010
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A Cut Above

Scoreboard Innovations Becoming More Visual, Motivational

By Deborah L. Vence


coreboard technology has come a long way since the invention of the first time clock for high school sports in 1934. That initial creation essentially leveled the playing field in game scoring—ultimately breaking the habit of teams arguing over errors made in games timed by hand.

Since that time, scoreboards have evolved into a luxury, so to speak, for recreational facilities, schools and sports stadiums alike, to not only keep score and measure time, but to advertise products and services, motivate sports fans and show off an athlete's record-breaking win.

Thus, the advances in scoreboard technology continue to develop, with more companies touting their latest inventions that are taking the industry to new heights, all while catering to an ongoing trend where organizations are trying to alleviate budget constraints by raising money so their sports programs can continue to thrive.

"Scoreboards are transitioning away from the simple home/away variety to ones that have much more visual impact. We expect this trend to continue to the point where institutions do away with traditional scoreboards in favor of complete LED boards that will allow for nearly unlimited functionality for games, rallies and other gatherings," said J.M. Allain, president and CEO of a Norwalk, Conn.-based scoreboard company that designs, sells, rents, installs and services real-time, programmable electronic information display systems.

In this issue, we bring you up to date on some of the latest news and advancements in scoreboards, including wireless, LED technology, environmentally-friendly and more, that are not only making scorekeeping more effective, but inspiring athletes and fans alike.