The NHL Glowing Puck Experiment Recalled

Fox Sports president David Hill wanted to make a splash as part of their new five-year NHL deal in the mid-90s. He said the casual viewer couldn’t follow the puck (pre-HD) and the broadcast should make it glow. Thus began one of the early attempts at augmented reality in sports programming, and like with many pioneering inventions, the old school grumbled from the start. The invention ended up only lasting two seasons, but the controversy lasts until today, with backers saying the increased ratings proved the glowing puck worked as intended. Purists deride it as silly sizzle for idiots. Relive the magic!

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