Follow all our Super Bowl 100 coverage below as we unveil each chapter of the series.
Throughout the season Sports Illustrated and WIRED will explore, in stories and in video, the enormous changes that football will see over the next five decades. The revolution is already under way in player training and tracking, data analysis, stadium and equipment design, and the treatment and prevention of concussions—all leading to a vast array of technological marvels that will make the league, 50 years from now, resemble the love child of Georges Halas and Lucas.
Our series will conclude just before Super Bowl 50 in February, when SI and WIRED will publish a sci-fi dispatch from Super Bowl 100, in the year 2066.
Follow all the coverage below as we unveil each chapter of the series.
— Steve Rushin
Chapter 1: Training
What enormous changes await football in the next five decades? Steve Rushin introduces the road to Super Bowl 100. By Steve Rushin
Data-tracking implants? Gene splicing? Where does training go from here? By Tom Taylor
SI and WIRED explore how scientific advances in training may help create the perfect NFL athlete.
From a biomechanical standpoint, the throwing motion for quarterbacks and pitchers is pretty much identical. By Jeff Beckham, WIRED
When NFL is getting ready for Super Bowl 100, we will see athletes who have had every bit of their performance optimized through targeted training. By Mark McClusky, WIRED
Applied exercise science and old-school techniques transformed J.J. Watt into Andrew Luck’s worst nightmare. By Jeff Beckham, WIRED
Genetics experts explain the potential pitfalls and alluring upside of DNA editing on athletes.
Dr. Euan Ashley and his team are seeking out DNA samples from the most elite endurance athletes on the planet, hoping to find genetic reasons for why they are so fit.
Chapter 2: Equipment
The future of equipment is lighter, thinner and more flexible, with better protection. By Emily Kaplan
The next wave of footballs is so close. By Erik Malinowski, WIRED
Let's say you could modify the ball. Could a quarterback throw it farther? By Rhett Allain, WIRED
Football on the Red Planet would be very different than the game we know. By Rhett Allain, WIRED
Chapter 3: Stadiums
World's largest sports architecture firm gives its take on the NFL stadium of tomorrow. By Tim Newcomb
An innovative scanner promises to make security less of a pain in the ass. By Alex Davies, WIRED
An innovative scanner promises to make security less of a pain. By Jeff Beckham, WIRED
Chapter 4: Concussions
Can technology solve the biggest problem facing football? By Tom Taylor
This protective device can do so much more—and it will. By Jeff Beckham, WIRED
Chapter 5: Media
Glimpsing into the future of sports coverage. By Richard Deitsch
Inside the solar system's most interesting SB party. By Brian Barrett, WIRED
NFL Films is already adapting to the no-huddle news cycle. By Brian Barrett, WIRED
Chapter 6: Virtual Reality
This is only the beginning for virtual reality's intersection with football. By Lindsay Schnell
VR will radically alter how players train for the game. By Jeff Beckham, WIRED
Chapter 7: NFL in Society
Six SI staffers got together to talk about what football and the NFL will look like in 50 years. Compiled By Ben Baskin
Inside the NFL’s quest to build a global league. By Bryan Gardiner, WIRED
Chapter 8: Player Tracking And Data
The future of athlete analytics will protect players and better the game for fans and owners. By Tim Newcomb
For the NFL and its teams to realize their data dreams, here’s what needs to happen. By Joe Lindsey, WIRED
Chapter 9: Strategy
How computers will—and won’t—change football as we know it. By Tom Taylor
What will football look like in 50 years? Let’s first look at the last 50 years to see what’s changed. By Chris B. Brown, WIRED
Chapter 10: Super Bowl 100
Think Super Bowl 50 will be big? Imagining the 100th edition of the Big Game. By Steve Rushin
Chapter 11: Reader Poll
We want to hear from you. Do you believe our forecasts?