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Off Topic: Automated Sports Blogging

No Sat night open thread. Saw this today and thought I would share. It seems that sports journalism has some unlikely new competition. A startup in North Carolina, StatSheet, today is launching a remarkable network of 345 sports sites, one dedicated to each Division 1 college basketball tam in the U.S. For instance, there is a site for the Michigan State Spartans, North Carolina Tar Heels, and Ohio Buckeyes. Every story on each site was written by a robot, or to put it more precisely, by StatSheet’s content algorithms. "The posts are completely auto-generated," says founder Robbie Allen. "The only human involvement is with creating the algorithms that generate the posts."

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