From GeekWire: Microsoft CEO on lessons from sports, MLB instant replay controversy, and more from the week in sports tech

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella holds a Kookaburra cricket ball given to him by GeekWire Editor Todd Bishop at the 2017 GeekWire Summit. (Photo by Dan DeLong for GeekWire)

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TAYLOR’S TAKE ON THE WEEK IN SPORTS TECH: Instant replay technology was at the center of an intense controversy during Thursday’s crazy Cubs vs. Nationals playoff game. With Washington down 9-8 in the eighth inning, Cubs catcher Wilson Contreras tried to pick-off Nationals baserunner Jose Lobaton at first base. Lobaton was ruled safe, but the Cubs challenged. Watch the play here.

The replay shows Lobaton clearly beating the throw. But his right foot came off the base a split-second later while Anthony Rizzo still applied the tag. The umpires overturned the call, which ended the inning, and ultimately helped Chicago pull off the comeback win and end Washington’s season in a decisive Game 5.

Yes, it was technically the correct call. But is this what replay is for? Lobaton beat the throw — isn’t that what was in question?

Washington Post columnist Adam Kilgore put it best.

“But in a crucial moment, technology drastically shifted the game,” he wrote. “They got the call right. Baseball will have to grapple whether the call made it a better game.”

This reminds me of the debate over robotic umpires. Expect these conversations to continue as replay and camera technology become more integrated in sports.

Highlights from the week in sports tech

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella holds a Kookaburra cricket ball given to him by GeekWire Editor Todd Bishop at the 2017 GeekWire Summit. (Photo by Dan DeLong for GeekWire)

What to watch this weekend: Two MLB playoff games today, with Yankees vs. Astros on FOX, and Cubs vs. Dodgers on TBS. Chicago and L.A. battle again on Sunday … No. 2 Clemson and No. 8 Washington State both went down on Friday; more fun college football matchups on Saturday … Steelers vs. Chiefs and Packers vs. Vikings are the best NFL games on Sunday … the NBA season starts next Tuesday with an exciting Cavs vs. Celtics matchup.

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