2020 INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING LEAGUE: MATCH 3
- Saturday, October 24: 12 PM – 2 PM Local Time (6 AM – 8 AM Eastern, 7 PM – 9 PM Japan Time)
- Sunday, October 25: 5 PM – 7 PM Local Time (12 PM – 2 PM Eastern, 1 AM – 3 AM J+1 Japan)
- Duna Arena – Budapest, Hungary
- Short Course Meters (SCM) Format
- 2020 ISL Scoring Format
- 2020 ISL Prize Money and Bonuses
- How To Watch
- ISL Match 3, Day 1 Full Results
- Teams: Toronto Titans, Tokyo Frog Kings, Aqua Centurions, LA Current
Anybody who follows me on Twitter knows that I’ve been rather critical of the early presentation of the International Swimming League.
While the pacing and the graphics quality of the meet are certainly novel, that’s been lost on a lot of the other problems.
While the league still has a long way to go, on Sunday they unveiled a new innovation that is, single-handedly, the best thing that the ISL has done so far: live in-race places.
Not just at the turns where there are splits.
Not just at the finish.
But live, in real time, throughout the race. Just as we proposed at the end of last season.
The places are shown as an overlay on the lane behind the athletes, almost as a tail. It’s not perfect yet, but it’s still amazing to watch.
This is the innovation that the ISL needed to make the format work for TV. Now you feel like you can watch a race and know what’s happening during the race, not just a sort of black box that emerges at the end with some points.
THIS is the future of swimming.