We’ve written about robo-sports-reporting program StatsMonkey before, but now another robotic sports article generator has launched: StatSheet launched earlier this month and is covering 345 college basketball teams with no human intervention.
Next year, StatSheet will be handling every major sport, founder Robbie Allen told Poynter.
Allen believes that automating routine sports stories by pulling statistics from a database will free up reporters to do more interesting things. And that while his pieces read a bit robotically, they’re no worse than what the humans are already doing. “Someone sent me an article written by a well-known sports columnist, and our algorithm could have generated that,” he said.
Here’s a recent story previewing the Duke game against Oregon. It’s incomprehensible to us, but we’re not basketball fans.