NBA taps Verizon to stream VR games

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  • Verizon’s Ryot has signed on for VR production from 2019/20 reboot
  • At least 12 live NBA League Pass games available through Oculus headsets
  • The NBA and Verizon were last renewed in 2018, with a deal worth $400 million

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and US telecommunications company Verizon have signed a multi-year partnership extension that will see betting content and virtual reality (VR) viewing options integrated into the NBA League Pass streaming platform.

Verizon-owned Ryot will make at least 12 live games from the NBA restart in Orlando, Florida available to League Pass subscribers between July 31 and August 14 via Oculus Quest and Oculus Go VR headsets. .

Under the terms of the agreement, Ryot will serve as the NBA’s official VR production partner for the restart of the 2019/20 season, which kicked off July 30 at Walt Disney World Resort.

The move comes a week after Major League Baseball (MLB) announced a similar activation ahead of its July 23 resumption, including the launch of a new Oculus-supported platform that allows MLB.tv subscribers to live stream out-of-market games in VR. .

Verizon Chief Executive Officer Guru Gowrappan said, “Ryot’s powerful virtual reality capabilities will deliver a truly immersive live experience at home, creating a seamless experience between the physical and digital world.

“NBA League Pass in VR is exactly the kind of innovative solution we love creating with our partners. Working with the NBA to redefine the gaming experience for fans has incredible implications for the future of sports and entertainment.

Meanwhile, the broader deal will also see Verizon-owned Yahoo Sports expand League Pass’ fantasy and live betting offering as the NBA’s official marketing partner.

This expanded offering will allow Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Fantasy, and Yahoo Sportsbook to distribute out-of-market live games in League Pass and engage with fans through digital overlays. It will also include the creation of two fantasy- and betting-focused shows to coincide with the NBA Conference Finals and NBA Finals.

Yahoo Sports will also continue to exclusively operate NBA fantasy play throughout the season, create daily NBA-branded sports and fantasy betting integrations, and collaborate on marquee events including the NBA Draft and Weekend. -end NBA All-Star.

Yahoo Sports will also be the presenting partner for the NBA Pick’Em: Playoffs Bracket Challenge, which will be integrated with other NBA digital assets, NBA TV, NBA.com and the NBA app.

In addition to the NBA, game footage from the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and NBA G League developmental competition will also be used to create content that will help educate fans participating in sports betting offerings and fantastic from Yahoo.

Bill Koenig, NBA President for Global Content and Media Distribution, said, “As the NBA restart begins this week, our expanded relationship with Yahoo Sports will provide a variety of unique ways for fans to engage. with the NBA.

“With everything from fantasy games to sports betting integrations, to gaming-focused content and NBA games in VR, there’s no shortage of opportunities to get closer to the game.”

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The NBA and Verizon last extended and expanded their partnership in 2018 in a deal worth US$400 million.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and US telecommunications company Verizon have signed a multi-year partnership extension that will see betting content and virtual reality (VR) viewing options integrated into the NBA League Pass streaming platform.

Verizon-owned Ryot will make at least 12 live games from the NBA restart in Orlando, Florida available to League Pass subscribers between July 31 and August 14 via Oculus Quest and Oculus Go VR headsets. .

Under the terms of the agreement, Ryot will serve as the NBA’s official VR production partner for the restart of the 2019/20 season, which kicked off July 30 at Walt Disney World Resort.

The move comes a week after Major League Baseball (MLB) announced a similar activation ahead of its July 23 resumption, including the launch of a new Oculus-supported platform that allows MLB.tv subscribers to live stream out-of-market games in VR. .

Verizon Chief Executive Officer Guru Gowrappan said, “Ryot’s powerful virtual reality capabilities will deliver a truly immersive live experience at home, creating a seamless experience between the physical and digital world.

“NBA League Pass in VR is exactly the kind of innovative solution we love creating with our partners. Working with the NBA to redefine the gaming experience for fans has incredible implications for the future of sports and entertainment.

Meanwhile, the broader deal will also see Verizon-owned Yahoo Sports expand League Pass’ fantasy and live betting offering as the NBA’s official marketing partner.

This expanded offering will allow Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Fantasy, and Yahoo Sportsbook to distribute out-of-market live games in League Pass and engage with fans through digital overlays. It will also include the creation of two fantasy- and betting-focused shows to coincide with the NBA Conference Finals and NBA Finals.

Yahoo Sports will also continue to exclusively operate NBA fantasy play throughout the season, create daily NBA-branded sports and fantasy betting integrations, and collaborate on marquee events including the NBA Draft and Weekend. -end NBA All-Star.

Yahoo Sports will also be the presenting partner for the NBA Pick’Em: Playoffs Bracket Challenge, which will be integrated with other NBA digital assets, NBA TV, NBA.com and the NBA app.

In addition to the NBA, game footage from the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and NBA G League developmental competition will also be used to create content that will help educate fans participating in sports betting offerings and fantastic from Yahoo.

Bill Koenig, NBA President for Global Content and Media Distribution, said, “As the NBA restart begins this week, our expanded relationship with Yahoo Sports will provide a variety of unique ways for fans to engage. with the NBA.

“With everything from fantasy games to sports betting integrations, to gaming-focused content and NBA games in VR, there’s no shortage of opportunities to get closer to the game.”

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The NBA and Verizon last extended and expanded their partnership in 2018 in a deal worth US$400 million.

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