Visual trends come and go as technology evolves. When color television started arriving in American homes the film industry panicked, deploying an array of cinematic gimmicks to bring people back to move theaters. Cinema Scope, 3-D, 70mm film, the drive-in, all kinds of things sprung up as Hollywood faced real competition for the first time in its history.
Moviegoers of late may have noticed that 3-D is back again, and it's encroaching into other venues, most notably television. The reasons for 3-D's return vary. I suspect it's again the result of competing mediums, as the inroads of high speed internet and its endless possibilities change the public's media consumption diet. Whatever is behind the renessaince of 3-D it's here to stay, for a while anyway, and sports media is embracing it. ESPN will launch a 3-D network and all kinds of other broadcast outlets finding a way to get on board.
Personally, I think it's a gimmick more than it is a step in the evolution of how we consume sports. Maybe I'm just too entrenched and cynical. What are your thoughts on 3-D? Would you rather see Sam Bradford thread passes through the eye of a needle in 3-D or HD? Do you think that it will improve the viewing experience?