For most of the 20th-century changes in sports, and the world at large, generally occurred at a slow and steady pace. There were plenty of monumental advancements, but no single decade was ever unrecognizable from the one before. And then came the '90s.
If there is any technological innovation that demonstrates the supercharged pace of change these days, it has to be the cell phone, and, by extension, the Internet. In 1989, just over three million people in the U.S. had cell phones. By 1999, that number had climbed to over 86 million. Today, it stands over 300 million.
Which means, in just two decades, we've gone from "what the hell's a cell phone?" to 91 percent of the population owning one and unable to remember how to function without it. There's a whole new generation coming of age who have never even existed in the world before cell phones and public WiFi.
This fast and furious pace of change is reflected all over the sports world. From innovative new stadium design to the game-day apps on your smartphone, advancements in technology are constantly reshaping an ever-changing landscape.
Let's take a look at some that are on the not-to-distant horizon.