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While this is certainly a statement on the entrepreneurial spirit within ESPN, I think it is actually indicative of something else - the absolute homerun that Apple hit with the iPad. The iPad is flexible yet simple enough to be used by your mom on the couch and an ESPN announcer at the same time. That is no small feat of hardware and software engineering!

I think even more surprising than that was the hackish way that they put together the telestrator system. Instead of digging into a native iPad application they loaded on a VNC client and connected it to preexisting software.

I respect and admire their ability to see the simplest way to do things and do it, but I'm also worried that my World Cup viewing experience is held together by duct tape.

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