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Enter Another Robo-Reporter

hobartWe’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.

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‘My Goal…Is That At Least 90% Of Readers Think The Content Was Created By A Human’

Another in the robots-are-taking-over-journalism vein: Robbie Allen, the founder of, says he’s come up with 21 different types of sports stories that can easily be written by a computer. “My goal for these [automated] blogs in version 1.0 is that at least 90% of the readers think the content was created by a human,” he blogged last week.

He added: “Will automated content be the end of sports journalism or blogging? Definitely not. There are always multiple sides to every story. And of course there are some categories of news (e.g. breaking news stories) that can’t be easily automated. I’d like to see an algorithm write a story about Tiger Wood’s infidelities! However, it will take only a short amount of time to get to the point where the average sports fan can’t tell the difference between human generated content and automated content.”

Allen’s starting with basketball and will move into NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB games.

Just remember, y’all: never trust robots.