‘…the system tracks players in real-time and can identify passes, crosses and shots on goal. For pre-selected video highlights, it can also incorporate commentary based on statistics and standings drawn from a database’

IBM researchers at the NeurIPS AI conference demonstrated a proof-of-concept for AI-driven sports commentary.

The system was not without some limitations but suggests a path towards more sophisticated coverage that may become suitable for smaller audiences, for instance, amateur and semi-pro games.

Forbes says it also might one day assist with packaging highlights for pro team coverage.

People who attended the demonstration said some phrases were overused by the system (‘Here comes the cross!’). Emotional moments were also lacking, such as the excitement of a goal. Both are on a to-do list in future iterations


IBM Trials A.I. That Can Do Soccer Commentary
FORBES | December 9, 2019 | by Jeremy Kahn