GoPro cameras to revolutionize sports watching


Photo by Evangeline Pergantis

Senior Evangeline Pergantis uses a GoPro camera and “selfie stick” to capture the entire cheerleading team.

By Christian Edwards, Staff Writer

The company GoPro made a video earlier this year in which the best NHL players were given GoPro cameras to put on their helmets and told to showcase their talent on the ice. The point-of-view shots the cameras offered may have the power to change sports coverage forever.

With the advancement of technology in the sports entertainment industry, through high definition cameras and multiple cameras covering the action, the unique perspective of the player has never before been available to the viewer. GoPro intends to change that.

According to Todd Ballard, Senior Director of Lifestyle Marketing at GoPro in a Jan. 23 article on, GoPro intends to push the boundaries of video content with all team sports, and wishes to improve the perspectives of all activities.

GoPro has made an effort to change the viewing perspective of all activities, such as rock-climbing, snowboarding, hockey and basketball, by constructing little cameras that connect to shafts or headsets. With GoPro’s recent advancements, it will be easier for their cameras to be more widely used, and how they should use GoPros more often with high-level sports.

These advancements can vastly improve the experiences of many sports fans around the world by offering a unique point-of-view perspective.

Senior Evangeline Pergantis uses GoPros to capture all of her memories, including cheerleading football games and hanging out with her friends. Pergantis likes the camera’s ability to show a panoramic view of whatever she is doing.

“You can do whatever with a GoPro, from chilling at home or traveling,” Pergantis said. “Whatever you do with the camera, you can always make a cool video.”

The National Hockey League was the first to take the next step by officially announcing a North American partnership with GoPro, made earlier this year on Jan. 23, in the hopes, according to their website, of “delivering hockey fans unique perspectives of the game.” They also announced their intention of putting GoPros on players’ helmets.

According to a Jan 23 article, Bob Chesterman, NHL Senior Vice President of Programming and Production, said that GoPro gives the NHL the ability to showcase the “beauty and intensity” of hockey, and brings NHL fans closer to the game.

Tweets and comments on GoPro’s YouTube video display fans’ excitement for the merger.

“I think it will be very interesting for the viewer to get a better understanding of what I see and how I track pucks,” said New York Ranger’s goalie Henrik Lundqvist in Go Pro’s video.

Although the GoPro’s cameras are very versatile, they could become a burden for the individuals wearing them, and the $400 camera could possibly become damaged during the activity. In addition, the cameras’ battery life is short, so replacement of the batteries is a concern, and people would need experts for the difficult camera settings GoPro offers.

Many activities individuals want to capture on the GoPro cameras involve rigorous actions that need more than one angle, but a GoPro camera placed on an individual’s head can only produce one angle. Also, the camera could become altered during the activity and could pose a burden for the individual to try to fix it.

Despite the obstacles presented by GoPros, the perspectives GoPros offer could change the whole media outlet in every sporting event.