Re: So it's got to the stage....
Sigh, it's got to the stage where people make uninformed comments about a common sport they clearly know little about to express ridicule of the modern world.
In basketball, even at the lowest school and amateur levels, there are scorers who sit on a table next to the court, they literally do write down the score, number of fouls, timeouts etc. And they do this on paper as this then becomes the agreed record of the game. There is also a timekeeper, who starts and stops the clock.
However, it is only fair to let the teams playing (and the spectators if there are any) to know what the game time is, how many team fouls have been committed, what the score is, etc. At the cheapest level this is usually done with some scorecards and a big clock on the table.
Most places have an electronic scoreboard, operated by the scorer who also updates the electronic board while writing down the score.
As soon as the playing standard gets anywhere near serious, it is considered neccessary to have a multi-function scoreboard that shows the score, game clock, fouls on each player, team, timeouts, shot clock and who the recipient of the next jump ball will be. It's quite a bit of informaiton and I can see how that might end up being computer driven.
Much like golf, there's still a paper record, but the scoreboard is there for everyone who isn't at the scorers table, it's not unreasonable for the league to insist that a scoreboard be working, in the same way they insist on the size of the ball.