The Ethics of Automation In Sport

Sports are constantly being pushed forward and changed because of innovation in technology. Whether it is new equipment or statistic-tracking machines, new technology has the ability to dictate the play in-game, and is affecting the way fans experience sports in general. An example of this type of technology is currently being used by the company Pitchf/x, who “automate” the strike zone in baseball by using three cameras behind home plate.1 They use the cameras to track every pitch as accurately as possible to make the correct call on every play.2 This is not the only technology of its kind, as other gadgets for reviewing and officiating purposes are used in the NFL, NHL and more today.

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Podcast: Puck SKLS EP8: I Don’t Care About Athlete’s Feet


Episode 8 of Puck SKLS! We review the NFL draft, and one of us gives the Bills an A+ draft grade. Would Josh Rosen draft Josh Rosen? We’ll tell you! We touch on the NHL draft lottery and the Sabres finally getting the first overall pick, as well as what Frenchmen the Habs can choose from. We talk the second round of the playoffs and Nashville’s subpar party in the plaza. Hear our thoughts on JR’s stunts in Vegas on NBCSN and why he always seems to be off the clock for their games. We debate if Kanye West is OUT or not, and which NHL player is the most OUT. We wrap up the episode with some heated Buffalo sports trivia, where only one of Kok and Lammers prevails. Enjoy!

Podcast: Puck SKLS EP7: #NeverBoston


Welcome back for Episode 7 of Puck SKLS! In this episode, we compare Taco Bell and Mighty Taco, and discuss the best way to spend $5. We talk bad coaches who should be exiled, and whether or not glasses make John Tortorella look mature. We compare the league’s best and worst fan bases (looking at you Philly), and praise the best bar food we’ve ever had (Hoolie’s!). We talk NHL playoffs and the NFL Draft, and how Cam Newton is a HOSS. Stick around for Lammers’s hottest take of the playoffs, and what we think of diehard minor league fans. No soft assholes. We wrap it up with the NHL’s most hated players bracket! Enjoy!

Podcast: Puck SKLS EP5: No Dweebs, No Dorks, No Nothin’


After a brief hiatus, we’re finally back on the attack with Episode 5 of Puck SKLS! Listen to an update of hockey news from the past month, a heartfelt discussion about the two girls with no cup retiring (the Sedins), how John Tavares makes everyone better, and Garth Snow does the opposite. Marc Bergevin, too. We talk weird hockey posters we had as a kid, how we enjoy reading the first paragraph of an Athletic article, and Eric Staal’s head size. Also, we cover NFL free agency and how Tom Brady likes a nice, tight end. We preview the best playoff series of this year, hockey field trips we want to go on, and wrap up the show with a Buffalo Sabres tank bracket for trivia. Enjoy!

Podcast: Puck SKLS EP4: Who, Jonathan Mar-cheezo?


In the 4th installment of Puck SKLS: Selty, Kok and Lammers on Sundays, we pay homage to Tyrod Taylor and not so much to Rex Ryan. On the hockey front, we discuss “Miracle,” whether the KHL is fixed and Patrik Laine’s gross beard. The Migos start a new beef with Doc Emrick, and we talk how Quavo’s chains have chains. Did you know Lebron James eats scrambled eggs for breakfast? Also, we touch on how Kok isn’t a huge bobble guy-head, except when it comes to a shirtless Joe Thornton. Listen to us drool over Carrie Underwood, talk Canisius College Golden Griffins hockey and wrap up the episode with some trivia! Enjoy our voices!

Does the NFL Have A Duty of Care to Allow Players to Use Alternative Medicine in Treatment of CTE?

The NFL claims that “[their] top priority is the health and safety of [their] players.”The league made this statement to CBS Sports when talking about the possibilities of alternative medicine, namely the chemical CBD derived from marijuana, being allowed under league rules.2 While seemingly open to testing new medicines and treatment methods, the NFL has yet to make any significant strides in improving.

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Are Sports Worth the Concussion Risks for Kids?

Concussions and the consequences that follow have only come to light in the sports world relatively recently. The NFL, NHL and other major leagues for contact sports have been under fire with lawsuits from former players and their families, as well as player unions. The lawsuits condemn the negligent standard of care the leagues have for their players, an example being the NFL’s improper handling of on-field concussions and the brain trauma that results.1 Former players and their families believe this is the cause of many problems that players have after they retire.

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