Soon, a PC May Be the Game's MVP

In today's world of sports, sophisticated analysis of everything from technique to draft choices is being driven by bits and bytes

Chris Bodaken sleeps in the office during April. The video coordinator for the Los Angeles Lakers, the reigning champs of the National Basketball Assn., hunkers down at the team's El Segundo (Calif.) facility, slicing and dicing hours of footage in myriad ways to help the team prep for its inevitable playoff appearance. Back when Bodaken had to manually create tapes using side-by-side VCRs, he averaged one hour of sleep nightly in the days leading up to the playoff opener the third week in April. But a technological revolution in sports has allowed Bodaken to dramatically improve his efficiency -- and grab more shut-eye during the playoff run.

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