Delphic Oracle:

Sport 2040 Delphic Oracle Interview with Ray Anderson

Interview by: Joel Garreau


What is the future of sport in 2040? You’d be surprised how many big-time athletic directors have never thought about this. Well, maybe you wouldn’t. But Ray Anderson of Arizona State University, whose law degree is from Harvard, has. Recently he engaged in a “Delphic Oracle” exercise frequently used in futures thinking to focus CEOs on the long view. The idea is – suppose you were introduced to an entity who knows everything about how the future will turn out, but you only get to ask one question. What would be the most important thing you’d want to know?

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Sports Illustrated:

The Story of Technology in NFL: Past, Present and Future

Author Doug Farrar


SAN FRANCISCO, It should come as no surprise that Bill Walsh saw how technology would affect the game he loved most. Walsh was a consultant and a speaker for Silicon Valley firms after his historic tenure as the 49ers’ head coach came to an end in 1989, and in 2001, he spoke with Bain & Company, a leading management consulting firm, to get advice on how to better scale the NFL draft. At that time, Walsh was the 49ers’ Vice President and General Manager, and out of those talks with Bain came the hire of Paraag Marathe as the team’s COO. It was a high-tech, Moneyball move. Long before computers were common, Walsh sought to run his team with a technological level of perfection. He often referred to the offenses he developed as a “machine,” and at their best, they certainly seemed like that.

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Sports Illustrated:

Imagining Football’s Future Through the Super Bowl of 2066

Author Steve Rushin


FIFTY, in football, means Mike Singletary, good field position and the best possible seat for a spectator. But bear in mind, as the NFL celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl with those golden number 50s on each stadium’s 50-yard line—that 50 is only halfway to the house, and football’s real magic number is 100.

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Imagining Football’s Future Through the Super Bowl of 2066

Author Steve Rushin, Artist Nathan Fox


FIFTY YEARS AGO, when it was still a modest spectacle watched on a single medium, played by a single gender, contested exclusively between teams from the US, and largely ignored by most of planet Earth, Super Bowl 50 was nevertheless called a “world championship” by the National Football League, whose very name betrayed a parochial, one-nation interest in what the rest of the world knew—if they knew it at all—as “American football.”

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The Future of Sports

Josh McHugh, Editor in Chief


NEW technology and social dynamics are constantly changing sports, and more changes are on the way. We assembled a brain trust of futurists and experts to gaze into the next 25 years of sports.

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Mount Impossible: How a Disabled Veteran Conquered Kilimanjaro

Author Davy Rothbart


A bomb blast takes your legs and you’ve got a few options: You can sit on the couch for the rest of your days (who would blame you?), or you can struggle to walk again. But Julian Torres, he set his sights way higher. He decided to scale Mount Kilimanjaro. Davy Rothbart tried to keep up

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