#724: TextMatch

Team games, such as football, and cricket often have a man-of-the-match award. Today’s invention is a way to update and democratise that process.

People who have bought a ticket for some match using their mobile could, during a game, be allowed to text the shirt numbers of their favourite players on the day, in order of preference, to a telephone number set aside for the purpose.

The preferences could be displayed, in realtime on a screen within the ground, indicating how each player was performing, in the view of the paying public. This might cause managers to make substitutions in response to public opinion and exhort players, low on the scale, to greater efforts.

Such data could even be gathered from match to match and help influence the salary and transfer fees associated with any given player.

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